Handmade Dinnerware - Tea Bowls - 0824-050
- A hand made Dinnerware made by Thomas Arakawa
- Authentic, natural, organic glazing
- Deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color
Artist: Thomas Arakawa
Material - Clay: Dark Brown Stoneware
Material - Glaze: Gray Swishes
Dimension (L x W x H): 4.25 x 4.25 x 3
Hand Made Process
Design: We design each containers with functionality, usability and harmony in mind. The color and tone is kept low-key but interesting and authentic for the reason. We improve the functionality and ease of use of our containers through working with hundreds professionals and artists.
Throwing: This container is made on the potter's wheel by Thomas Arakawa individually. Shaping the form is done by just fingers and measure several times to make sure the dimensions are close to desirable size. When the piece is half dry state like leather-hard, surface is decorated by trimming, carving and fluted.
Glazing: Thomas and Kathy apply glaze individually by hand in order to get the authentic, natural, organic aesthetics. Each glaze has unique particular thickness and clay body selection makes variety of tones. We monitor specific gravity of the glaze (ratio between glaze and water) and application method and timing.
Firing: The container is finished with our high-fire reduction firing process which brings the deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color. During this 13-hours-long firing process, we reduce the oxygen level inside the kiln in varying degree from 1600F to 2300F. The result of the firing also depend on how kiln are loaded. The density and negative space between the pottery create channel for the flame to travel in various speeds. We use our understanding of the nature/tendency of flame in the kiln to control the atmosphere which each pottery should be in. As a result, our containers holds a low-key but complex deeper tone.
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This tea bowl is a great size. Maybe a little smaller than a traditional bowl, but for a woman’s hand, it is perfect. The gray- brown glaze is beautiful and varied; the rim is smooth and even. It is aesthetically pleasing to drink from.
Hi Ms. Weingarten, Thank you very much for great review! You are right. The tea bowl is smaller than usual tea bowls. I was told from one of the customer that smaller one is used now because multiple people don't drink from same bowl due to COVID. I was little nervous about smaller size. So I am so glad you like it. We will make more of the bowl. Thank you very much! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa