Contemporary Tastes: The Tea BowlMay 3, 2023The Japanese Yakimono tea bowl provides a contemplative and utilitarian anchor for the innately meditative Japanese tea ceremony. Not only is the optical quality of chawan an essential part of its meditative identity, but so are its physical properties. In other words, the chawan holds value in characteristics that lie beyond the visual relationship between the beholder and the tea bowl’s surface. For example, particular attention may be paid to the weight of the bowl. Its mass may emphasize a more ethereal and gentle character, or a powerful and robust quality. The temperature of the clay’s glazed surface at first touch, and subsequently over time, is also a core component of the appreciation of a tea bowl. See our website for a range of yakimono pottery, tea ware, and more by Japan's master ceramic artists.
The Living National Treasures of JapanEssay by Daniel McOwan March 14, 2023Learn about Japan's ceramic living national treasures: read the essay by Daniel McOwan, Japanese art specialist & curator. The essay was published on the occasion of our March exhibition "Intangible Heritage: The Art of Japan's Living National Treasures", coinciding with the annual celebration of asian art: Asia Week New York.