Simple and elegant Japanese teapot, which has seaweed pattern on it.
Thin body, very detailed work and sophisticated shape make it look so elegant.
No glazing, texture is primitive and simple, you can feel quietness and pleasantness in mind.
Good to brew Japanese green tea, Chinese green tea, woolong tea.. Any kind of tea is good.
Artist of the teapot is Yokei Mizuno, born in 1956, great teapot artist in Tokoname.
Elegance and simplicity coexist in his works.
For seaweed teapots, he himself go to ocean at a spring day to pick seaweed by hands.
Spring seaweed is soft and makes delicate pattern. He pick for one years works at a time.
Seaweed becomes thick and black in middle of May.
Days to be able to pick seaweed is limited. Because it has to be a low tide day.
I asked him “what if you miss the day?”, he says “there is no way to make seaweed teapot in the year..”
Mr. Mizuno says that it takes time and hard work to wash and clean seaweed thoroughly until the level to be used for teapot.
If seaweed has salt more than it should, teapot would have blisters on the surface.
He repeat wash and dry until the certain level. His experience can tell the right time.
The background work of seaweed teapot is hard and it has to be timely!
He continues that hardest part is let seaweed stay on teapot in the kiln until it makes pattern on the surface of teapot.
Sometimes seaweed is gone in kiln or pattern is not as he expected.
What a long way..
Learning of seaweed teapots make me feel more precious for it.
Left: original color Right: Wet color by water. Patter get more clear.
(Seaweed teapot is called “Mogake” teapot in Japanese.)
Enjoy the teapot!
Yohei Mizuno’s beautiful seaweed teapots available at Shiha Tea & Comfort.