Care instructions: As all products are handmade, sizes and colour may vary slightly. Please note a distinct and traditional feature of these pieces is that oil and water may be absorbed slowly into the surface affecting the appearance of the vessels and plates over time. Though this may cause concern at first it is an inherent part of the artist’s work, and it is a part of Japanese culture of appreciate the ageing of objects over time.
This black tea bowl is made from black clay from Tokomame, where Tetsuya Ozawa lives and works. Strong, yet light-weight, its simple form accentuates the piece's surface. Ozawa applies a traditional Japanese glaze, Chara, and uses ‘kofuki’, a dusting technique, to create his interesting uneven and organic surfaces. Glimpses to the material underneath are achieved through a technique comparable to abstract drawing. Following the firing process, white soil is applied in a thin layer, enhancing the rough texture of the piece.
Ozawa's designs are created in a way that leave them open to interpretation and multiple uses and purposes. His tableware is made 'imperfect' with the hope that the pieces will continually evolve through daily use. This elegant yet characterful teabowl will be a delight to use and is sure to bring joy to your tea-drinking ritual.
About the Artist: Tetsuya Ozawa originates from Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, but now lives in Tokomame City, Aichi Prefecture, which has been celebrated for its ceramic production since the Heian Period (794-1185). Ozawa’s decision to be a ceramicist was made early on, and he graduated in 2008 with a degree in Japanese Fine Arts from Nagoya University. He went on to train under Yoshikawa Masamichi. Ozawa’s tableware creations reconcile inspiration taken from modern crafts, tea culture and folk arts.