Published by Bloomsbury Publications (Herbert Press), 2017
Sometimes squat, plain, or appearing roughly made, the Japanese teabowl is enigmatic. Grounded in its function, but communicating something well beyond its utility, this simple form carries an aesthetic loading that translates into myriad levels of understand - and misunderstanding. This illustrated book looks at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, through to its importation to the West, and how contemporary ceramicists have added aesthetic qualities and different techniques to the form. It asks the questions: What defines a teabowl and what is its role? What does the teabowl symbolize in Japan and in the West?