- Karatsu ware bowl waster
- Underglaze painted glazed porcelain
- Karatsu, Kyushu Province, Japan
- Edo Period, 1603-1867 CE
- Plumer Collection, UMMAA 47810
No one ever drank from this Japanese Karatsu ware porcelain bowl. The potter carefully applied an iron-oxide design to the vessel exterior and covered it with a thin glaze before placing it in the kiln. However, the sides of the bowl collapsed during firing, folding in over the base and rendering the vessel unusable.