Tuesday, November 22, 2016
How I made a chanoyu binkake (brazier for Japanese tea ceremony)
When the bowl was leather hard, I cut out the front window, made a hole in the bottom for the electric cord, and added 3 feet.
I also made a holder for the special Japanese electric heating unit (shaped like the traditional charcoal used for chanoyu), and separate platforms and little discs to adjust the height for different tea kettles.
I traced Ginkgo tree leaves from my garden and painted them with 2 glazes to create a variation in colors, then applied an eggshell matte white glaze over the whole piece. This makes a subtle contrast between gloss and matte. The Ginkgo had been one of my favorite trees even before I discovered that it is a symbol used by the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony. It's prehistoric triangular leaves and glowing yellow autumn color are amazing.
It was a relief to see that my planning for the electric heater and traditional semi-circular front piece worked