For the creation of chawans and others tea objects I use differents clays more or less rich in iron.
Each bowl has in it a life energy: At the bottom inside of each bowl there is a hollow, tea pool, “chadamari” and the bottom of the foot is carved in a spiral, “spiral shell foot”, “Kaijiri Kodai”. On my bowls, no artificial glazes is used, there are only two traditional Japanese galzes: shino yaki or natural shizen yu:
Shino glaze: This glaze was created in the 16th century in the Mino region of Japan, it is a feldspathic glaze, soft and silky to the touch. For my stoneware ceramics I have created specific formulas that I apply by successive dippings. The appearance is matte and satin.
Shizen yu glaze: It is a natural wood ash glaze produced by long baking anagama wood Kiln. In this type of kiln, the ashes of cooking wood fly and settle on ceramics then they melt (around 1260 ° C) offering them a rustic beauty and unique personality.
Even if we see cracks, all my bowls are waterproof !