This Ofukei and Lacquer Tea Bowl by Kodai Ujiie has a dense cobalt blue glaze that drips over the surface, flowing like ink around the curvatures and cracks in the porcelain. The spontaneous movement of color on the surface of the form adds to its expressive composition and the veiny red lacquer that fills the cracks in the glazed surface is subtle but not unnoticed.
The form of this tea bowl is cylindrical yet the shape feels more relaxed than structured. The foot is loose and the glaze pools along the flat surface of the porcelain. The colors seem magical, the cobalt blues deepen as they mix with the deep black iron oxide, splashed against the bright white clay body.