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Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:39 am

debunix wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:22 am
It's been a while since I featured some of Petr's teaware.

These are a pair of black magda glaze pots, and both are glazed inside. I keep them at the office because the glazed interior allows me to brew anything in them, including flavored gift teas that I would not infuse in an unglazed pot. I love the subtle color and play of light on the big kyusu,

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and I bought this little one (capacity about 60 or 70 mL) both because it was really cute, and use it for small volume gongfu when I'm brewing for one:

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and this little blue Nuka cup is just the right volume to share those sessions.

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Debunix, I'm always in awe of the way your able to capture your teaware, and showcase glazes, forms, etc. Really nice work.
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:33 am

It's taken lots of practice and crappy shots with a few gems that I share amidst the meh images.....and all the macro practice with flowers helps.....as do flowers themselves

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(here both the cup and treebark pot are Petr's)

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(here the Petr piece is holding the citrus blossoms)

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Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:38 am

teasecret wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:43 pm
great glazed pot iGo, is it glazed on the inside too?
Indeed, it is glazed inside.. About 95ml.
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Fri May 10, 2019 2:37 am

Is Petr still making teaware?

I have so much teaware in general that I went on a prolonged buying hiatus, but I cracked my beloved shiboridashi that he made. I started looking at his "pots and tea club" page a few months ago, but it doesn't appear that anything new is added any more. Would love to hear if he's just taking a break. I think he's definitely my favorite artist for teaware.

BTW... my hiatus also drew me away from Tea Chat! I went back about a year ago to see it totally deserted and just know found out that this is where most everyone went! Lots of familiar names.
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Fri May 10, 2019 12:44 pm

Welcome back to the group @Heatwaves. How did you happen to find us? Novak is still active with exhibits all over the world this past year. I just looked at his home page Keramikstudio.artkeramika.cz at the bottom are two links to shops that sell his teaware;

Darjeeling.cz
Cajchai.com - (doesn’t have anything at the moment)
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Fri May 10, 2019 8:28 pm

Shibo at darjeeling.cz, get it while it lasts....
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Sat May 11, 2019 2:27 am

Acording to the IG of Mirka Randova, there might be some new pots-and-tea-club in preparation with her new works
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Sat May 11, 2019 10:18 am

Excellent! Need to keep an eye out for the announcement in the wee hours of the morning....
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:42 am

Hi,

I find Petr Nováks pieces stunning!

But I was wondering if his pots and shibos improve over time (with use)? And how is the heat retention in comparison to a solid Yixing pot?
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:19 pm

@Tetsubinquestion is heat retention of what kind of Yixing clay??? Yixing clay is not a homogeneous type of clay. Different kinds and different firing as well as wall thickness and overall shape all contribute to heat retention properties.

The wood fired pieces of Novak should retain heat quite well, the prolonged firing usually has that effect. Basically the same as Bizen or Taiwanese wood fired pieces.
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:24 pm

Tetsubin wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:42 am
Hi,

I find Petr Nováks pieces stunning!

But I was wondering if his pots and shibos improve over time (with use)? And how is the heat retention in comparison to a solid Yixing pot?
I wouldn't say they improve, they just get older and dirtier (which is ok and has a charm to it), like most things. I find it rare for ceramics to "improve", the few examples that i can think of is something like old hagi yaki where the tea seeps through the crackled glaze into the clay, and perhaps yixing to some extent. But that's just my opinion.
To the 2nd question, I'd say they are probably slightly less heat conductive than yixing, which would mean a better heat retention.
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:53 am

@Tetsubin This is one of the early pots Petr made in the "bizen style". I've been using it regularly for 7 years now. At some point it got cleaned when the layer of tea residue in the interior got too thick. One of the nice things about this style is how the tea stains naturally blend with the clay. But eventually they'll end up obscuring the nice colors that fire painted on its surface. The same applies to yixing: a well raised tea stained surface may look nice, but eventually it stops one from being able to fully appreciate the beauty of the clay. Again, just my opinion.
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:28 am

I have pieces that have crackly glazes that I are a delight to watch 'age' as those stain and darken, but I don't have any pieces that have a yixing-like patina to polish with each use.

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aged nicely to this

Image180317 Morning gyokuro _DEB8811 ppd by debunix, on Flickr

but the kyusu in the back has changed very little. It continues to make wonderful morning sencha.
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:13 am

debunix wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:28 am
I have pieces that have crackly glazes that I are a delight to watch 'age' as those stain and darken, but I don't have any pieces that have a yixing-like patina to polish with each use.
stunning. i think we probably need a celadon thread soon..
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:00 am

pedant wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:13 am

stunning. i think we probably need a celadon thread soon..
I don’t have any Petr Novak teaware but I do have some celadon I purchased at kilns in Thailand. I’m ready to help populate that thread.
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