Mass-produced, totally perfect, smooth, beautiful teawares are a great way to enjoy your rare, hand-crafted, and extraordinary tasting fine teas. But you can add an oddity or two to your arsenal just to keep things arty. Potters are getting into the tea groove by adding chawans, teapots, matchawans, mugs, and cups to their crafty endeavors. One of these potters is George McCauley.
|Wood-fired Stoneware Matchawan #10|
Recipient of publicly-funded grants, McCauley has used this money to pursue his craft. Though some of the works can have a useful purpose, his focus has been on personal expression and the chemistry involved in pottery, as well as a documentary film on pottery. While his works may not be to everyone’s taste, they have received critical acclaim from various ceramics, pottery, and craft organizations.
We selected several pieces to present on the store site for any of you tea lovers who crave that special something perfect for enjoying some 2012 Imperial Huoshan Huangya (Yellow Tea) (see this review) or other fine teas in an equally special vessel. Some are soda-fired earthenware while others are wood-fired stoneware, and no two are alike. If you find them too precious to drink from, consider them as a visual ornament to your gongfu tea time.
|Wood-fired Stoneware Matchawan #9|
Earthenware is pottery made from a porous clay fired at relatively low temperatures (examples: delft, faience, and majolica). Stoneware is a heavy, nonporous, non-translucent pottery, such as jasper ware, that is fired at a high temperature. According to Ceramic Arts Daily, the soda firing process is where “soda ash (sodium carbonate) in water solution, instead of salt, is sprayed into kiln at maturing temperature, and sodium vapor combines with silica in clay to form sodium-silicate glaze.”
See our full selection of his teawares for sale here: http://www.jas-etea.com/george-mccauley-teawares/