Care Required: Dishwasher safe but hand washing recommended.
Hand-crafted by artists Popalini & Jezando, this chawan is made using Cornish stoneware, has a Shino finish. This form is light in colour, with speckled orange hues on the exterior, as a result of the Shino glaze. The ridges around the outside of the piece add to its unique shape. The exquisite functional form is wood fired with soda for roughly 40 hours. The soda normally hits the chawans on one side, which is the desired effect for artists Popalini & Jezando who favour working with local and natural materials.
Chawans are believed to capture the essence of their maker, something deep and personal in their form and decorative gesture, a blueprint of Popalini & Jezando. These opposing limits – between artistic and functional balance, offers something unique – the individual spark of a potter.
About the Artist:
Working together under the name Popalini & Jezando, Pop Wilkinson and Jez Anderson make collaboratively designed pots, with a particular focus on teaware. They take influence from the traditional pottery of North Devon, which is where they are both from, and also from the subtle understated forms they admired whilst researching wood-firing in Japan.
The often angular forms of their pots are contrasted with soft tactile elements that together celebrate the materiality of clay while at the same time pairing technical complexity with visual simplicity and function. Within their process Popalini & Jezando exploit elemental methods such as wood-firing and the use of ash glazes and wild clays to imbue their contemporary forms with an ancient, earthy quality.