P & T
P & T Artist Series aims to pull our attention back to the experience, from where the hands hug the cup. Discover our latest additions to the collection from Berlin-based ceramist, Lars Kanter.
The vessel’s soft and translucent surface tries to deceive the eye. Trace the line of its form to find the rim that tips into a pool of turquoise blue glaze. Guided by his attentiveness to Japanese tea ceremony rituals, Lars Kanter finely applies such strict and silent atmosphere in his vessels.
Each porcelain piece is hand spun in his studio in Lichtenberg, Berlin. Porcelain works with his demands for perfection and clarity. The white glow and surface feel after firing support his aesthetic vision, while conveniently allowing strength and durability. While the outer surface is left raw for an intimate and tactile touch, the inside is finished with a silken gradient glaze of various colors.
“Each cup is a single piece, thus underlining the value of the tea that lies within it”
We made a visit to Lars’ studio in Berlin, to talk tea and ceramics. Read the full interview:
What is your personal relationship with tea and ceramics?
A few years ago I spent some time in India visiting potters in villages. Transit across India, Chai tea was a common service on board trains and served in simple, unglazed clay cups. When finished, the cups were thrown out of the windows of the moving train which fascinated me. A mug for a tea! Although I still enjoy Chai tea, my favourite is green tea in various types. The preparation in a beautiful teapot and the fragrance it releases helps me to relax: and then of course, drinking it from a beautiful bowl is a pleasant moment.
What are some of the major influences that inspired your ceramic style?
My mentor Hedwig Bollhagen, had a great influence on my ceramics. I was impressed by the simple balance of form and the decorative precision of her work. Additionally, the rituals of the tea ceremony and Japanese ceramics appeal to me very much. Together they underline tea and perfection. I hope to think these influences are found in my bowls.
Can you briefly explain your choice of material and form of your ceramics?
I am currently using porcelain for turning because it meets my demands for perfection and clarity. I like the white glow, the hardness of the structure and the surface feel after firing. Occasionally I like to work with Raku as I am fascinated by the methodology, from the archaic hand-shaping to the surprise when it is pulled out from the burnt sawdust.
How are you wanting your ceramics to influence the way we experience tea?
I think every hand is searching for a cup. Each cup is a unique piece, thus underlining the value of the tea that is in it. With this in mind every bowl I make is one-of-a-kind, far from any mass production. I imagine one to hold their bowl in their hands, feel the different surface texture and drift off into the colour of the glaze.