Cup on a Shelf


Ceramic Sculpture
by Jan Schachter

6″H, 3″H, 8″W

I love the color and form of tea bowls and like to present them on a stage. The shelf is a black stoneware that has been wood fired. Is is made from extruded strips of clay which are held together with nails that melt out somewhat during the firing, but help to give the shelf its structure. The thrown white stoneware tea bowl is glazed with a traditional Japanese Temmoku which is also enhanced by the fire and ash.


“I enjoy making pots for everyday use; each is a subtle variation of a form – usually thrown in a series. I am a perfectionist (as much as the process allows) and am constantly in search of the perfect surface and ideal form while striving to create pots that have life and vitality. I have a casserole included in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.”

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