Tea bowl, made in Japan in the 17th century (source).


Jun ware bowl, made in China, c.1100-1234 (source).


Otagaki Rengetsu and Isso (potter’s seal)
‘My thoughts’ tea bowl [chawan] c.1870 
glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy
4.0 x 12.0 cm
Hamilton Art Gallery. Gift of Geoff Handbury.
Photograph Ian Brilley

My thoughts
I’ll make that frog there
sing them
unspoken colours appear
on the gorge’s yamabuki flowers.

(trans. Sayumi Takahashi)


5th-3rd century B.C.E.

Eastern Zhou dynasty 

Unglazed stoneware
H: 6.8 W: 9.4 D: 9.4 cm 
Shaoxing, China