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by Victoria
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Awakening & Resetting Unglazed Ceramics / Yixing from Storage, Discoloration, Staining & Mold
Replies: 17
Views: 2574

Re: Awakening & Resetting Unglazed Ceramics / Yixing from Storage, Discoloration, Staining & Mold

I’m adding these useful brushes for cleaning hard to get to places like spouts, filters, inside kyusu handles, katakuchi and cups. The brushes with cotton ball tips are useful to safely clean fine porcelain cups, in that less pressure is needed to clean so preventing possible breakage. Cleaning Brus...
by Victoria
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

@steanze that Mayake kyusu is so beautiful, is it also very thin and light?. Those hand signatures were only used for very special select pieces.
by Victoria
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 217
Views: 20462

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Time to check out the inside of your new and old kyusu handles. A lot of dust inside two of mine that I didn’t give a Birthday bath too when I first got them. Surprising what is found with a magnifier, even after washing them several times. A vacuum must form inside the handle. Check it out. Curious...
by Victoria
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

We’re in agreement. Minoru’s early works don’t look so mid century modern to me, though they definitely do as he matured as a potter, becoming very stylized after he was name a NLT. Correction : the seal says “Jozan” and on closer inspection I don’t have any record of it being used by Minoru. I con...
by Victoria
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

This seal means “Jozan Kiln”, so it is possible it is II or III. The lid looks like it doesn’t fit well which sways me from Jozan III since all the pieces I have and have seen have lids that fit perfectly. I read something a while back that stated Jozan III had developed a method for firing the lid...
by Victoria
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Here are images of my Yamada Jozan II set with very fine calligraphy and figures having conversations. All the figures chatting on the kyusu are then individually placed on each cups. I have read that Jozan II selected contemporary artists to engrave the drawings. The kyusu is 220ml. https://imgur.c...
by Victoria
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 809
Views: 68708

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Another reason to stick with reputable producers and vendors. Aside from being deceived I would worry mostly of inadvertently consuming pesticides from imports masquerading as local Taiwan teas. Apparently the ‘fake’ industry worldwide is “2.5 per cent or US$461 billion of global trade” -that’s huge...
by Victoria
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea
Replies: 21
Views: 885

Re: White marble and similar surface materials, and drinking tea

Looks very nice @Shine Magical kind of like my marble table only lower to the ground and maybe longer. Your monochrome set up is a special choice, with tea leaves and liquor providing pops of color. Beautiful cups as well, where are they from, the thin white ones?
by Victoria
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40733

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Have been tweaking O-Cha’s Kirishima Organic Asamushi Sencha for a week now. Started off with vendor recommendation .6 gr /1oz (30 ml)/74℃ (165℉)/45sec. and found the steep way too light, so I gradually increased amount of leaf ending with 3x more leaf than recommended 1.5gr/1oz (30 ml)/74℃ (165℉)/4...
by Victoria
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 14
Views: 163

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Chip , Have you asked Kevin about his getting 2019 Satsuma? I asked him on FB but haven’t gotten a reply yet. That was my 2018 favorite also. I’ll order Sae Midori, Yutaka Midori, Uji Aoi Sincha. I’ll also get last years Satsuma, unless he gets some from 2019, and Kyoto Sencha Chadōraku, a surprise...
by Victoria
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Okay, you’ve twisted my arm lol, tomorrow I will finally try and take pictures of my Jozan II. It is an amazing calligraphy set with carved figures having conversations. For now here are a few shudei clay Yamada family kyusu Upper left either Jozan II or early Jozan III, lower right Jozan III. Upper...
by Victoria
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

That second link incorrectly places distantly related potters with the Yamada surname in with the Jozan Yamada lineage. Hm interesting, I’m not seeing which ones you are saying are incorrect. Can you identify? To me all the makers signatures and stamps on the kyusu look correct. Some text that is o...
by Victoria
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Bok Looking at my II-IV Jozan kyusu, they all use shudei clay of varying textures and density. The earlier ones feel like they use tighter denser clays and or processing/finishing. Early Emu pear skin is my favorite clay. Don’t have enough experience with ‘real’ zhuni to comment as to it’s similari...
by Victoria
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 377

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Those links are okay. My recommendation, as with all collecting, is start with a reputable source, start slow, observe carefully, piece by piece build your own database of information. Up for auction, every once in a while, magazines, and limited edition books come up. It helps to have a good transl...
by Victoria
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teaware Repair Show-off
Replies: 28
Views: 2365

Re: Teaware Repair Show-off

Oh, the antithesis of wabi-sabi modesty and impermanence. Louis XIV would have loved it.