Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Min Young Ki

Sometimes it is the simplest things that make the most lasting impressions.  Grace does not go unnoticed, a gentle breeze is more appreciated than a gale and calm doesn’t have to be followed by a storm.  Such it is with this particular chawan by Min Young Ki.  How can hard fired clay emerging from earth and fire seem like gossamer?  How can hard fired clay seem so delicate?  Not “fragile” but “delicate”.  This tea bowl is the epitome of “peace” and that is why I am presenting it to you just after the devastating events in Japan.  We need a little “peace’.  We need a quiet moment when we can simply sit, perhaps with warm green tea in a favorite ch’at-chan or be with our favorite chawan and some Japanese matcha to contemplate the moment while clearing our minds of all else.  It is moments like this that tea and bowl or cup become one.  It is for moments like this that Tea, bowl and cup are made.  This chawan is the epitome of tranquility.  Subtle in color and form this bowl’s presence is “felt” before “seen”.  Such serene and tranquil moments come too seldom.

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  1. Very elegant. Your description does it justice.

  2. Thank you for sharing this great peaceful energy. We all need it. ~ Toki

  3. Yes, words and picture together almost put in into our hands. Its harmony and poise are beautiful. Thank you.

  4. Your work is beautiful. I featured your sites on my blog today in a small, well-meant way...