Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wabi-sabi Tea Bowl

A friend of mine asked me to make him a Hagi-style tea bowl, which led me to do a good bit of research on Hagi ware. Used in the Japanese tea ceremony, the rough forms and notched foot pay homage to the Korean pottery they're styled after. They celebrate the wabi-sabi aesthetic which is to say they're deemed beautiful because of their imperfections.

I sought knowledge and guidance from my coworker Junji, and created numerous tea bowls. I was attempting to recreate the look and feel of traditional Hagi ware, but I didn't really come close. Never the less, it was a lot of fun learning about the techniques and materials used.

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