Bonnie Kemske has crafted a compelling and deeply personal meditation on the power of the teabowl in Japan and in the world of ceramics today. This volume is beautifully illustrated and attentive to an array of historic and contemporary teabowls. -Morgan Pitelka, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and author of Handmade Culture (2005) and Spectacular Accumulation (2015)

The teabowl has become an iconic ceramic form in recent years. Having travelled from the East, where it was an inherent part of the Japanese tea ceremony, it has evolved and adapted to become something very different in the West. Revered for its associations and its connotations of sophistication and simplicity, the teabowl enjoys an elevated status. Here Bonnie Kemske looks at the form as a whole, considering the history and ideas behind the original tea ceremonies, how it travelled to the West and the way it is used today. She also explores the wide range of tea bowls being made today and the international potters making them.

This book is wide in scope, thorough in detail, and essential reading for anyone involved in making or using these tactile objects.

Bonnie Kemske is a professional writer and critic, as well as a ceramic artist with a PhD from the Royal College of Art, UK. She was editor of Ceramic Review from 2010 to 2013, and has contributed articles to many international magazines such as Ceramics: Art & Perception and New Ceramics. In 2013 she curated an exhibition of teabowls at the Embassy of Japan in London.

Additional Information:

  • Author: Bonnie Kemske
  • Published 2017
  • 160 pages, hardcover
  • 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ inches