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.
The body of this beautiful cup is made from black clay, sourced locally to Ozawa in his home town, Tokomame. A traditional Japanese glaze is then applied, Chara, and 'kofuki', a dusting technique, to create his interesting and uneven surfaces. Following the firing process, white soil is applied in a thin layer, enhancing the rough texture of the piece.
These mugs have a powerful yet poetic, balanced silhouette. The surface reveals a collection of markings, each unique, offering glimpses to the material underneath. This contrast in earthly textures compliments the blended colouring in the smooth interior. The delicate, handless form, creates a warmth when held, making a special brewing experience.
The organic texture and form demonstrates Ozawa's skill and signature style - forming statement pieces, each one-of-a-kind. His designs are created in a way that leave them open to interpretation, each individual able to personalise the piece's character, their purpose and use.
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.