Tsujimura formed this tea bowl with thick walls topped by a smooth, undulating rim before coating the piece with a layer of black glaze. When the bowl was at peak firing temperature, Tsujimura abruptly removed it from the kiln, a process known as hikidashi, or “pulling out,” an uncommon practice in contemporary ceramics. The rapid cooling turns the glaze a deep, reflective black. Marks from the tongs used in the hikidashi process are visible on the sides of the tea bowl.
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