This classically elegant chawan features a lovely, centuries old technique known as Hakeme. This technique is descended from the traditional Korean decorative style called Gye Yal. To create this design, the potter traditionally uses a stiff, dry brush (often made of straw) to apply white slip over a darker colored vessel, paying careful attention to the meticulous brushwork necessary, and allowing some of the dark glaze to peek through the white slip. This results in a lovely swirled effect which compliments the bowl’s curvature.
The variations in the thickness of the white glaze created by the deep brushstrokes also give the surface of the bowl a nice, subtle textured feel. The potter has left the foot unglazed, exposing the bowl’s rich redish-brown clay and adding a pleasant splash of color to the design.
NOTE: Each of these matcha bowls features this glaze in the colors shown. Bear in mind that each individual tea bowl will be its own unique expression of this glaze/color palette.