This stunning bowl is a beguiling work of art. Layers of mica-like flakes create a ‘cracked ice’ appearance in the glaze, populating the surface of the tea bowl shoulder to shoulder. Light-brown-colored veins running between the flakes add definition and contrast. Looking into the interior of the tea bowl is like looking into the night sky – the details keep coming and the more you look the more you see.
In some places the flakes of mica are stacked two and three upon each other, but the effect is always elegant, light and skillfully executed. The bowl is reminiscent of the shape of an Ido-era Korean tea bowl, but the potter has given the shape a soft, modern, slightly angular form.
The re-curved lip is very easy to sip from, and the foot-ring elevates the bowl for ease in cradling the bowl to raise it up. The clay is a fine textured, ivory-tan color, and the bowl is signed. This tea bowl has been marked with the name of the potter, but we cannot read the name. Paperwork does however, accompany the bowl. This tea bowl is a lovely addition to any carefully curated selection of tea bowls.
The color of the bowl is a soft and subtle pale grey bordering on winter white. Despite my best efforts with camera, lights and filters, the photograph suggests a hint of blue in the glaze which is not present.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.