Crackled glaze on a tea bowl

The pattern on this tea bowl (Xing Lliangkun 1997) made of stoneware with thick, crackled colour glaze, from Dalion, Liaoning Province (V&A Museum FE:6-2000) is reminiscent of the network effect of the crossed branches of a tree, a tangled bunch of bleached seaweed filaments on the shore, or even a cracked limestone slab. The crackled glaze pattern may owe its appeal to the way it subconsciously reminds us of the natural world.

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Natural pattern of dried seaweed on rock
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Natural pattern of crystalline calcite-filled cracks in a beach stone derived from the inner core of a Birchi Nodule or septarian nodule

8 Replies to “Tea Bowl”

  1. That’s interesting. I was expecting you were going to say the bowl was very old and I was going to say it look really modern. However, it is pretty modern! lol!

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