Tetsuya Ozawa White Jug 16
Maker: Tetsuya Ozawa
Handmade in Japan.
Dimensions: Ø 18cm x H 25cm
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.
This elegantly crafted white jug stands tall, with a pouring spout that flows upwards and elongates the stature. The lower component of the body is defined by rounded curvature that flows inwards. A handle gently curves over, looped in the shape of a raindrop. This jug 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 jug, adding intrigue and enhancing the rough surface. The uneven texture and the subtle glisten of the white surface provide the piece with complexity. The jug is meticulously crafted and has a beautifully rendered form with a timeless feel. 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. This jug will bring joy, whether used or displayed, as a precious piece full of character.
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.