You know me: Yunomi

I am a fan of yunomis. You can say I like smallish pots, especially ones that can hold a couple gulps of tea. It would come as no surprise to those that know me, as I am a sucker for cute little things.

The Japanese term “yunomi,” based on a basic understanding, simply refers to a form of ceramic tea cup that has certain characteristics. They are generally cylindrical forms, greater in height than in width, with a trimmed or turned foot. Yunomis do not have handles. With respect to function, they are made for daily use rather than for traditional formal tea ceremonies.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, the first thing I threw on the wheel was a yunomi. Many have come after that first one. I mean, it’s the most basic form to throw when you’re starting out: “the assignment: throw a cylinder… or fifty.” After getting the walls relatively straight, one moves on to shaping, adding those lovely little curves.

Before you know it, you’ve got an oddball collection of yunomis.

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April 23, 2012

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