Last night we had a very special workshop with potter Richard Brandt firing black raku style teabowls. Richard is a long time Portland ceramic artist who also has studied chado. He understands the form and functionality of the teabowl because he has used them in the tea ceremony. His generous offer to hold a workshop for the students of Issoan Tea School was exhilarating and inspiring.
We began the evening choosing teabowls that Richard had already formed. To make it fair, ecah student chose a number and we got to choose from in the order of our drawn number.
Next the glaze was applied
By looking at the bowls in the kiln, Richard could tell when it was time to pull them out. At the proper time, the kiln was opened and the teabowls were sitting there glowing white and orange.
The teabowls heated the water to boiling temperatures but then were set on the bricks to cool further. You can see the steam coming from the bowls as they are cooling.
Then the bowls were carefully wrapped in presentation boxes and presented to students. I will be naming each bowl an will calligraphy the name on the boxes for each student.