Ode to the Kyusu

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debunix
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:39 pm

No idea how to judge lead risk of glaze without a chemical test....I have plenty of cups with crackles and other interruptions to their glaze, but they're all from potters I trust to not use any leaded glaze.

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Bok
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:22 pm

debunix wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:41 pm
No idea how to judge lead risk of glaze without a chemical test....I have plenty of cups with crackles and other interruptions to their glaze, but they're all from potters I trust to not use any leaded glaze.
Sometimes it is not the intentional use of lead-containing glaze, but the incorrect use of otherwise safe glazes.
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Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:49 am

debunix wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:39 pm
No idea how to judge lead risk of glaze without a chemical test....I have plenty of cups with crackles and other interruptions to their glaze, but they're all from potters I trust to not use any leaded glaze.

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Hi Debunix, I understand what you are saying, I have also some crackled ceramics, my concern with those glazed Banko cups is that 1) the glaze really looks milky compared to the crystal clear like on Novak's (?) you are showing. 2)Holes in there, not sure how this was fired, and 3)if you pour hot water they basically soak it underneath so it creates maps.
I guess I will wait for my trip to states later this year and will buy some lead test swipes to see.

That pot is cute though. I like the smallest one most but this will get proper usage too. Have to compare what tea comes out of it though.
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:41 pm

Having used a gyokko as my only kyusu for a while I decided I would treat myself to something new.
Several emails were exchanged with Toru and I ended up with a 200ml hobnail from Touju, along with cups to suit.
I have always loved the aesthetics of his pots, and this feels and handles as well as It looks to me. The gyokko just doesn't feel balanced anymore.
I think I will be on the look out for more of his stuff.
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:06 am

Beautiful pot!

Coincidentally, we used ours, also a 200ml this morning to brew Yutaka Midori from O-cha.

A tad bit small for a 2 person brew. Chip says sometimes a purchase is made based solely on aesthetics and hoping for the best. This pot is easy to handle and the YM was delish.

Chip has no idea of the type of clay. Enjoy your pot. :)
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:51 pm

I do have their yutaka Midori here, but I haven't opened it yet. I had their miyabi last night in this kyusu, which came out balanced and the clay didn't appear to have too much effect on it. I am still very new to Japanese teas and clay though so I have a lot to learn.
I have however been collecting and using yixing regularly over the last few years, so I am aware of the gamble that is purchasing a pot by how it looks. This is also by far my largest pot so it feels like a monster in comparison, but it seems like the perfect size for myself.
The lid fit is perfect at any angle, and the filter allows the last drop to flow through with ease.
I definitely like this pot and it will see lots of use with me.
If you decide you want to let go of some of your Touju kyusu I will have a home for them in Australia ;)
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:07 pm

Pants404 wrote:
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If you decide you want to let go of some of your Touju kyusu I will have a home for them in Australia ;)
I am sure Chip will see this, but I will pass this on to him.
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:04 am

Just got this lovely mini shudei kyusu. Ball filter inside.do not know anything about it and author or age. Anyone can help with the stamp?
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:06 am

found the same author only bigger kyusu on ebay. can anyone advise on author?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/A137-Antique-J ... SwYX9dMDwO
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:31 pm

lopin wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:06 am
found the same author only bigger kyusu on ebay. can anyone advise on author?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/A137-Antique-J ... SwYX9dMDwO
Looks like it’s made by a Tokoname artist using typical red clay from the area. I quickly looked at Tokoname.or.jp but didn’t see this particular stamp.
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Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:57 pm

Thank you Victoria. I did not know the page you linked. Useful and booked. Thank you
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:47 am

Coming to my second spoil from an elsewhere mentioned successful stroll over the antique vintage market in Taipei this weekend... a Yamada Jozan III in 200ml! Well, if it is a III, I am no expert on the matter... I only asked the price out of curiosity, it turned out to good an opportunity to pass, so I got it.
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:27 pm

Bok wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:47 am
Coming to my second spoil from an elsewhere mentioned successful stroll over the antique vintage market in Taipei this weekend... a Yamada Jozan III in 200ml! Well, if it is a III, I am no expert on the matter... I only asked the price out of curiosity, it turned out to good an opportunity to pass, so I got it.

Still debating, but I’ll probably put this one up for sale as well. It is beautiful though...
Really nice kyusu @Bok. The stamp on that is Jozan Kiln. It is probably the work of Jozan III disciple. Will make very good LiShan if you decide to keep it.

常山=Jozan
窯=kiln
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