Handcrafted from dark clay and glazed with a sapphire blue celadon, these tea bowls were commissioned in 2016 from Taiwanese ceramicist Xu De Jia. We like this large bowl for everyday use.
The shape of follow the lines of a traditional tianmu bowl, updated with a celadon glaze. The wide opening tapers dramatically into an elegantly simple foot. Details include a subtle indentation just below the bowl's rim to conform to one's lower lip, a slight bevel above the foot, and the artist's signature below the bowl.
The sapphire blue celadon is slightly under-fired to create a smooth, satiny feel. The rim edge of each bowl displays a characteristic darker color from iron oxide particles lifted from the clay and deposited on the glaze during firing. A complex web of crazing covers the teapot, barely visible when new, these lines will deepen in color with use.
Large: volume 14 oz/410 ml • height 3.8" • diameter 5"
Small: volume 8 oz/240 ml • height 2.5" • diameter 4"
Using a tea bowl is one of the simplest ways to brew tea - Just add tea leaves, top with hot water, and wait for the leaves to sink to the bottom of the bowl as they re-hydrate. For best results, use a whole leaf tea with low tannin content.