Materials: Black Clay, sourced locally to the artists home town, Tokomame.
Method: Made from black clay, a traditional Japanese glaze is 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.
This white coffee cup takes on a cylindrical form that lightly slopes inwards. The handle gently curves over and is looped in a teardrop shape. Finding beauty in simplicity, the silhouette is uncomplicated and celebrates calm. This coffee cup plays with textures and tones, subtly revealing glimpses of the underlying surface's earthy hues. The flecks and strokes contrast the white colouring of the vessel,adding intrigue and enhancing the rough surface. The uneven texture and the subtle glisten of the white surface provide the piece with complexity. Each one differs subtly from the next, with unique individuality. It embodies the versatility of Ozawa's works, allowing for individual interpretation, use, and purpose. His tableware is made 'imperfect' with the hope that the pieces will continually evolve through daily use. It invites its user to be curled up on a comfortable chair with a warm drink in hand, appreciating a moment of tranquillity in a busy life.
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.