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Helga Ritsch
Matcha tea bowl (2024)

Single piece, porcelain, white, glazed

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Texture plays an important role in this softly curving matcha tea bowl, which fits pleasingly into the palm. Helga Ritsch often leaves her pieces with a raw finish, but a drip glaze has been applied around the rim of this smooth white porcelain, irregularly and partially coating it inside and out. This tactile element gives your fingers something to play with while also adding visual appeal.


Skilfully crafted entirely by Helga’s hands on the potter’s wheel, each piece is unique, without any possibility of replication. This matcha tea bowl gains its lasting strength during oxidation firing at 1,340°.

The artist used levigation, a purification method, to produce a particularly fine textured clay in this piece, which offers an interesting juxtaposition of varying depths of colour in the amber-toned crackle glaze, applied inside and partly outside.

The matcha tea bowl bears the artist’s signature and stamp, and is created at her atelier, located within her 400-year-old home in Soazza, a village of just over 300 inhabitants nestled in the Swiss mountains.

576 grams, height 103 mm, diameter 110 mm

Finest Ming porcelain

The matcha tea bowl is dishwasher safe. However, once you hold your piece in your hands, you will probably prefer to care for it personally. We recommend handwashing it gently with a soft sponge and thoroughly drying it. Do not wash it with any cleansing agents, and avoid using abrasive sponges. It must not be directly exposed to temperature shocks, whether from a flame, conventional oven, microwave, induction cooktop, freezer, refrigerator or other source of heat or cold. Avoid any shocks or friction. If you care for it, it will last a lifetime and beyond, unless it is accidentally dropped or shattered. Over time, this unglazed piece may develop a distinct patina, a natural transformation influenced by its purpose and usage. Evolving at its own unhurried pace, this process enriches your piece, rendering it truly one of a kind.

Every porcelain object is meticulously packaged to ensure its safe delivery. In the rare event of any cracks occurring during shipping, please contact us within a week of delivery.