The Tea Bowl, also known as the "Chawan"
Our unique tea bowls and whisk holders are made by hand.
This process of “throwing” (which means to twist or turn) is made by centering a ball of clay (specifically stoneware) on the potter’s wheel, and forming and shaping the bowl as the wheel twists and turns. Irregularities and imperfections are prized and are another aspect of what makes our unique bowls truly “one-of-a-kind”.
Once the stoneware clay bowl is completed, it is then air dried and heated to over 2200 degrees in special kilns. A kiln is an oven or furnace, used for firing the clay and porcelain pieces to their hardened final state in what is known as “bisque-firing”. The next and final step in the creation of our unique tea bowl is the glazing phase.
Glaze is a layer of ceramic or glass, which is applied by hand dusting, dipping or brushing a thin slurry on the surface of the pottery; used to both seal the piece and /or decorate it.
Our handmade tea bowls are truly one-of-a kind, in both structure and appearance. Although we strive for a basic continuity of color and shape, please understand that each bowl and whisk holder will be slightly different, as the glaze comes out of the kiln with slight differences from each firing.