This item sold on July 7, 2012.
This teabowl was thrown on the wheel using a different technique than most. The clay is coned up tall and then opened with a very narrow hole. Using a wire cheese cutter, vertical facets are cut into the side of the cone. At that point, I reach two fingers into the hole and push outward and upward as the pot spins on the wheel. That opens the cup, but the fingers twist the clay as it turns and the facets are pulled into a diagonal pattern, which you can see in the photos. The technique adds a dyamism to the pot. This pot, of brown stoneware clay with crushed granite additions, was glazed with a carbon trap Shino glaze which has crackled and trapped smoke inside the crackled glaze. It is lined with a celadon ash glaze. The green liner glaze laps over the edge of the bowl. The pot is 3 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches across. It would be great for tea or coffee or for a condiment bowl at dinner parties or family suppers.