Views of a repaired teabowl

This is the teabowl that fell into the firebox during the last firing and broke into about 12 pieces. After falling and breaking, the firing continued, and the larger shards warped a bit, making it hard to get the pieces to fit just right.

Everything went back together, but some of the spaces were 1mm wide or more, and a lot of filling was required. Not only that, but the edges of the larger pieces didn’t meet evenly, making a lot of uneven fill lines. I thought about grinding down the higher edges, but in the end decided against that, because the fill lines were already so wide in some places.

So, here is the finished piece, with the lacquer and gold brushed on over the fill lines. A pro could have made thinner, more even lines probably, but it was good practice for me. A few more days to dry completely, then it will be time to whip up some tea…

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4 thoughts on “Views of a repaired teabowl”

  1. Nice work. Had a bottle repaired by a professional in the UK and was really surprised about the perecft work.
    I am trying to find out how spouts are attached on Karatsu spouted bowls. Any suggestion or even better video?

  2. Thank you! Katakuchi spouts are very simple: a ball of clay pressed into the palm of the hand, then bent in a U shape, and pressed onto the pot. The hole is cut after the spout is attached.
    I’ll take some video next time I make these.

  3. Sounds great. I was just curious to find out/ see how the old Japanese or Korean did it. Probably as you say they just hand formed a piece of clay and stuck it on.
    Please keep on posting. I made some octagonal bats as you posted a while ago and they are easy to make and are immensely useful.

    1. Wow, that was a while ago! Several years I think. I’m glad you are getting good use from them.

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