Teabowls are sophisticated and complicated while appearing to be deceptively simple.  

As a Westerner, I've had misgivings about trying to make them.  However, by experiencing Tea to a limited degree, I've come to believe that I can pursue the making of these wonderful pieces.

I was encouraged, in part, by something Hamada was reported to have said, in Susan Peterson's recounting:  He said that he tries to make teabowls spontaneously and unconscioulsly - "the way Koreans made bowls before they knew about tea ceremony, or the way a potter in a foreign country who knows nothing about tea makes a bowl."