Ode to the Kyusu

jpo1933
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:48 pm

^^Very nice!
I believe he uses Shigaraki clay for his aou(blue teapots). The teapots that Victoria and I posted are actually just shudei pots that have been wood fired.
If you look closely you can still see some red's peaking out around the lid and handle of the pot I posted above.
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Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:50 pm

Bok wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:50 pm


It definitely has... some character to it, doesn't it :D
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Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:16 am

this was my first nice teapot. i got it in 2012.

my thoughts from back then:


a tokoname kyusu by UMEHARA Gyokudo (1936-2012; RIP) i got from artisticnippon.
i think the "shochikubai" motifs were done by scratching away the reduction-fired surface to reveal the orange-red clay below.

i really love everything about this pot. it's my first and so far only kyusu (...how long will that stay true? lol).

GYOKUDO shochikubai kyusu
GYOKUDO shochikubai kyusu
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i love the way it feels... like a smooth little pumpkin or something. i love the attention to detail as well. the shape of the handle and the spout, the clean, concentric lines around the rim, the precise lid fit, the shape of the little nubby lid handle..

GYOKUDO kyusu: handstand
GYOKUDO kyusu: handstand
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check out that filter. he made it super thin/fine. kind of organic looking. trypophobia, anyone?

GYOKUDO kyusu: filter
GYOKUDO kyusu: filter
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a fingerprint captured forever makes it extra special:

GYOKUDO kyusu: fingerprint
GYOKUDO kyusu: fingerprint
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also, the pressure equalization hole cut into the lid is countersunk.
i've looked at this pot a lot, and it really feels like he cared about his work.

GYOKUDO kyusu: lid
GYOKUDO kyusu: lid
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at ~330mL, however, it's slightly on the big side. i get the most use out of it when i have friends over.
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Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:19 am

Love the fingerprint!
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:34 pm

This is my first and second kyusu.
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The one on the left is 360ml. As I gravitate toward drinking smaller cups of tea and multiple infusions, I'm realizing the kyusu is a little too large, especially since I usually drink alone. When I want a larger cup, say 8-9 oz, it's not too bad, but I can probably use a 270ml for that.

The one on the right is my new yohen mogake hiramaru kyusu teapot by Hiroshi Mizuno. It's 160ml. I just received it today; probably won't break it in until tomorrow. I never would have imagined I would be making tea in such a small teapot, but I love it (well, I haven't tried it yet, but I love the way it looks).


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Sorry for the grainy photographs. I got rid of my nice, Canon Rebel XS earlier this year, and all I'm left with are the subpar cameras on my phone and tablet.
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:11 pm

Vanenbw wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:34 pm
This is my first and second kyusu.
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The one on the right is my new yohen mogake hiramaru kyusu teapot by Hiroshi Mizuno. It's 160ml. I just received it today; probably won't break it in until tomorrow. I never would have imagined I would be making tea in such a small teapot, but I love it (well, I haven't tried it yet, but I love the way it looks).

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That’s a nice second kyusu you got @Vanenbw. Mogake pattern is pleasing to admire and the low profile really easy to fill and clean. Low profile also works well with cooler temperature Japanese greens.To prevent dripping from the lid, a slower pour works better with low riders 🍃
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:10 am

Thank you for the information, @Victoria. I'm looking forward to using it. I'll probably brew some tea in it tonight.
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