Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

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Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:14 am

Seems we have a convert! ;)

I agree, the clay is its main plus, the artisan skill could do with some improvement... certainly not a master potter, yet.
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:25 am

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I agree, the clay is its main plus, the artisan skill could do with some improvement... certainly not a master potter, yet.
Right, agree with you. So you use yours for high mountain mostly? That’s what I’m going to try next.

Regarding drippy lid, I’ll just try and not filled too the brim, and pour slowly at an incline. Also, I’ll just go with the flow :) .
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:47 am

Victoria wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:25 am
Bok wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:14 am
I agree, the clay is its main plus, the artisan skill could do with some improvement... certainly not a master potter, yet.
Right, agree with you. So you use yours for high mountain mostly? That’s what I’m going to try next.

Regarding drippy lid, I’ll just try and not filled too the brim, and pour slowly at an incline. Also, I’ll just go with the flow :) .
I use it with anything greenish. But mostly high mountain yes!
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:55 am

In an ideal world, Hokujo would use this clay to make a 80ml teapot :))))
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:38 am

I have a 1st gen, and it also dribbles very easily in addition to tea collecting around the lid. I've found if I shake the drops off the spout in a motion towards my cup while the pot is at about a 45 degree angle (spout facing down) and slowly tilt the pot towards being level while still shaking, the drops will stop and the pot won't dribble... although somehow the underside of the tip of the spout is always wet with tea no matter what I do.

I don't know if this will work on the current gen, but it may be worth a try. The resulting tea from the clay is worth the trouble :)
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:46 pm

@nasalfrog nice that you’ve found a work around to your pots dribbles. In @Chip’s 12 Days of Kyusu @Jo does mention first gen dribble at the spout. Mine doesn’t do that, it only leaks at the lid rim near the spout. I’ll eventually figure out a system to avoid or live with this :) . I like the clay a lot and am glad I have this kyusu in my repertoire.
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:15 pm

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...In Chip’s 12 Days of Kyusu Jo does mention first gen dribble at the spout. Mine doesn’t do that, it only leaks at the lid rim near the spout. I’ll eventually figure out a system to avoid or live with this :) . I like the clay a lot and am glad I have this kyusu in my repertoire.
Thank you for the link, Victoria. I may have chosen a more recent gen if I had read that beforehand, so it's a good resource for people interested in this kyusu.

Here's hoping you find something that works for yours. Glad you like the clay!
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:02 am

@Victoria Just found out that my pottery teacher in Taiwan is friends with Junzo! Small world...
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:14 pm

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Victoria Just found out that my pottery teacher in Taiwan is friends with Junzo! Small world...
Small world indeed. Maybe we can ask Junzo to make a few smaller kyusu. Actually I’d like a 130ml shiboridashi. I could ask him directly if enough of us are interested :) 🍃
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:34 pm

I'd definitely be interested in a smaller kyusu...
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I'd definitely be interested in a smaller kyusu...
Junzo and Hojo are now members of LATS (LA Tea Society). If enough of us are interested I could reach out to them with a request. What ml sizes are you thinking of? But lol this is @Chip’s teaswap thread ;) Chip what do you think? 🍃
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:15 pm

Victoria wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:52 pm
Balthazar wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:34 pm
I'd definitely be interested in a smaller kyusu...

Junzo and Hojo are now members of LATS (LA Tea Society). If enough of us are interested I could reach out to them with a request. What ml sizes are you thinking of? But lol this is Chip’s teaswap thread ;) Chip what do you think? 🍃
Hey Victoria, it would be a great idea to ask them to join our Teaforum :mrgreen:
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Victoria wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:14 pm
Bok wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:02 am
Victoria Just found out that my pottery teacher in Taiwan is friends with Junzo! Small world...
Small world indeed. Maybe we can ask Junzo to make a few smaller kyusu. Actually I’d like a 130ml shiboridashi. I could ask him directly if enough of us are interested :) 🍃
The big question is what kind of arrangement he has with Hojo... as it seems to me that the Kobiwako clay is only available for the pieces sold via Hojo. Artistic Nippon and others only seem to get his other clays.

I wouldn't mind an even smaller Kyusu in the 90-100ml region :mrgreen:
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:50 pm

Bok wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:25 pm
Victoria wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:14 pm
Bok wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:02 am
Victoria Just found out that my pottery teacher in Taiwan is friends with Junzo! Small world...
Small world indeed. Maybe we can ask Junzo to make a few smaller kyusu. Actually I’d like a 130ml shiboridashi. I could ask him directly if enough of us are interested :) 🍃
The big question is what kind of arrangement he has with Hojo... as it seems to me that the Kobiwako clay is only available for the pieces sold via Hojo. Artistic Nippon and others only seem to get his other clays.

I wouldn't mind an even smaller Kyusu in the 90-100ml region :mrgreen:
Yes, since Akira sourced the clay for Junzo to use it would have to go through him. I’ll ask him if getting smaller kyusu is a possibility, then if I get a positive reply, I’ll see how many TF members are interested.

No dribble pots though. In the case of my kyusu the lid needs a larger shelf for it to rest on. Although, looking at my other kyusu some have a similar sized shelf so the issue might be a combination of things, including a horizontal design with large opening.

Also, I haven’t compared Junzo’s Kobiwako clay to Masaki Tachi‘s Shigaraki clay yet. I’ll try and do that this week.
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:09 am

Victoria wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:52 pm
Junzo and Hojo are now members of LATS (LA Tea Society). If enough of us are interested I could reach out to them with a request. What ml sizes are you thinking of? But lol this is Chip’s teaswap thread ;) Chip what do you think? 🍃
That'd be really cool! :)

Anything in the 90-130 ml range would be great, 100-120 ml would be perfect for me.
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