Wood-fired cha-bei with tobikanna
Cha-bei (tea cup) wood-fired in an anagama kiln in New York State. This vessel features strong wood-fired characteristics: naturally occurring ash-glaze deposits, deep flashing of color from the heavy reduction of oxygen, and distinct directional markings from the fire’s contact with the surface. The base features a traditional spiral shell foot (kaijiri kodai), with a prominent wadding scar that reveals how it sat on the kiln shelf during the firing. And the interior contains a distinct silica pool reminiscent of a pond hidden deep in a forest. The outer walls of this vessel are riddled with tobikanna (chattering) that not only hold the ash, but reveal the direction of the fire’s path in the kiln. A bold old-soul from the Paleocene collection.