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Postby cherylopal » May 9th, '09, 17:12

geeber1 wrote:Cory, that cut-out chawan is beautiful!

Dreamer, I like the earthy colors on yours. It's funny that those flowers looked like eyeballs to me too!

I think I need to start drinking matcha!


i thought they looked like flowers... and i need to start drinking matcha- next month!!

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thanks chip ! MAHALO !

Postby bonjiri » May 10th, '09, 02:27

geeber. thank you kindly. chawan is a bit small for mel.

cherylopal. thank u ! performed well . the inner bowl is challenging to throw. its made from a hollow form then its shaped within.

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lighting & camera setup & one more chawan

Postby bonjiri » May 10th, '09, 14:17

thanks salsero, i didn't use a light tent. i 'm simple when it comes to lighting. less is more (mies van derohe). one key point, i tilted the flash towards the lens, causing a little darkening in the background (falloff) and a reflector in the front to 'kick back' light into the chawan. i used a single small hexagon shaped soft box with a small vivitar 283 flash within it. iso 100 f/8 at 1/125th second. canon 10d camera w/ nikkor 55/3.5 micro lens. lens has a nikon AI to Canon EF mount adapter .

hehe . wanted to share another i photographed this AM.

natsu chawan. dimensions width 5.75-inches x 2-inches height


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natsu chawan koudai (foot ring)

Postby bonjiri » May 11th, '09, 13:04

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for geekgurl

this is the koudai on that natsu chawan

mahalo !

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Postby Geekgirl » May 11th, '09, 13:47

Very nice! One of the objections I have to American potters creating teawares for "tea ceremony," is that they don't seem to understand that the foot must be easy to grasp. I have two gorgeous "chawan" that I would never use traditionally, because I'm not confident I could pour water from the bowl and still maintain a good and safe grip on it. (Not that I "object," exactly. But it is nice to see these things produced by people who understand the function. :) )

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Postby Chip » May 11th, '09, 14:22

GeekgirlUnveiled wrote:Very nice! One of the objections I have to American potters creating teawares for "tea ceremony," is that they don't seem to understand that the foot must be easy to grasp. I have two gorgeous "chawan" that I would never use traditionally, because I'm not confident I could pour water from the bowl and still maintain a good and safe grip on it. (Not that I "object," exactly. But it is nice to see these things produced by people who understand the function. :) )

Yes, too often it seems domestic artisan teaware is art over function, it should be symbiotic. I have seen so many pieces that just struck me as, no way would I drink out of that, it belongs on a shelf, not to be used because the function aspect was naively neglected ... or obviously misunderstood, or at the very least, purpsely minimized.

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Postby Geekgirl » May 11th, '09, 14:26

Chip wrote: it belongs on a shelf, not to be used because the function aspect was naively neglected ... or obviously misunderstood, or at the very least, purpsely minimized.


Had a teapot one time with a beautiful, long curving spout. It was a real stunner. You couldn't use the dang thing though, because that long narrow spout, when you poured, it made this long unpredictable arching jet stream that you had to aim for the cup, and just hope you were lucky. Huge mess. Definitely form over function.

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may 11, 2009 chawan

Postby bonjiri » May 11th, '09, 14:39

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wonderful reduction cooled otoko matcha chawan

yes geekgurl. i hear u on the koudai (footring). although i have seen many koudai, some inverted being used in 'expert' temae. cool actually. but a 'good' koudai makes it all easier and drop free. agreed !

for a tea novice like me all the better to make functional chadogu. less stress ! HEHE !

i believe form should follow function.

i.e. the kuchizukuri

dimensions W 5.25 x H 4.0

otemae chodai itashimasu

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Postby heatwaves » May 11th, '09, 20:18

Salsero wrote:
My favorite of the two I own is the simplest and cheapest:

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Wonder Twin Powers Activate!

I have this same chawan, Salsero. Functional, yet elegant. Since I only occassionally dabble in matcha, I didn't plan on purchasing any more chawans... until I came across this:

THE TURQUOISE DRIP!
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Other universes reside within the drip!

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Postby Geekgirl » May 11th, '09, 20:42

NEATO!!! I can't resist the drip! :)

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Postby Chip » May 11th, '09, 21:09

Neato? It is a mystery I tell you. Looking at the flow culminating in the swirly drip, conjures up all kinds of galactic imagination.

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whoa !

Postby bonjiri » May 11th, '09, 21:56

wow !

wow !

microcosmic menagerie !

WOW !

that is amazing and inspirational !

perfect

amazing keshiki !

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Postby TIM » May 12th, '09, 16:08

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This should be in my procession, hopefully by the end of the season? :roll:

A Jian tea bowl (temmoku) from the Song Dynasty. Suitable for traditional pressed green tea cake or Dragon and Phoenix Round.

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Postby Tead Off » May 12th, '09, 23:07

Tim, how much is that going to set you back?

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Postby kymidwife » May 12th, '09, 23:34

And its anatomically correct.... :lol: :shock: :lol: :twisted:

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