Bai Lun Black glazed porcelain tea bowl by Michel François

Blue rabbit fur

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Price: $ 170.00

Weight: 334 grams

Rim: 12.5 cm diameter

Foot: 5 cm diameter

Height: 7 cm

Maker: Michel François, a French ceramist artist who opened the Falmouth Pottery in Cornwall after working at the Bernard Leach Pottery Studio.

 

This tea bowl is inspired by the black glazed tea bowls from the Sung dynasty (960-1279). "Bai Lun" means white circle and is a term used to describe the black glazed bowls that had a white rim. This effect was already popular during the Sung dynasty. 

What makes this bowl also very interesting is that the usual hare's fur effect isn't brown, but blue! Such blue color was only very rarely obtained in the past. This blue color was obtained thanks to the addition of natural willow ashes to the glaze and thanks to a very delicate interplay of reduction and oxidation during the firing. 

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