Handmade Dinnerware - Katakuchi Bowls - 0824-088
- 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): 6.5 x 6.5 x 2.75
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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My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Arakawa Pottery a couple of weeks ago. Thomas and Kathy were so warm and welcoming! They walked us around their shop and workroom and took the time and care to tell us about the pieces in their collection. It was a fantastic experience. We walked away with several items which we just love! This kataduchi bowl is displayed on my mid century dining room buffet. I just love how the rustic elements of the bowl and my modern mid-century buffet compliment each other! Thank you Thomas and Kathy!