Materials: Black Clay, sourced locally to the artists home town, Tokomame.
Method:The body of this elegant vessel is made from black clay. A traditional Japanese glazeis then applied, Chara, and 'kofuki', a dusting technique, to create his interesting and uneven surfaces. Following the firing process, white soil is applied in a thin layer, enhancing the rough texture of the piece.
Care: This piece is functional, however, please note a distinct and traditional feature of these pieces is that oil and water may be absorbed slowly into the surface affecting the appearance of the vessels and plates over time. This is an inherent part of the artist’s work. Hand wash after use.
The body is compact, mimicking the form of two bowls placed together to create an angular centre point. The unique form grants the vessel character and charm, adding interest and intrigue and invites one to examine it closer. The neck of the vessel gently tapers outwards, resulting in a subtle trumpet form, emphasised by the gentle rim that flicks outwards. This vessel plays with textures and tones, subtly revealing glimpses of the underlying surface’s earthy hues. The flecks and strokes contrast the light hue of the vessel, enhancing the rough surface and adding intrigue and complexity. The piece is meticulouslycrafted and has a beautifully balanced silhouette with a timeless feel. It embodies the versatility of Ozawa's works, allowing for individual interpretation, use, and purpose.
About the Artist
Tetsuya Ozawa originates from Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, but now lives in Tokomame City, Aichi Prefecture, which has been celebrated for its ceramic production since the Heian Period (794-1185). Ozawa’s decision to be a ceramicist was made early on, and he graduated in 2008 with a degree in Japanese Fine Arts from Nagoya University. He went on to train under Yoshikawa Masamichi. Ozawa’s tableware creations reconcile inspiration taken from modern crafts, tea culture and folk arts.