Maekawa Junzo & Zero Saturation Flat Teapot 常滑焼 前川淳蔵 (Artisan Handmade Kyusu) Japanese Tea Set
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Japanese Ceramic artist Maekawa Junzo “Zero Saturation Flat Teapot“
Beautiful perfect circle and 3D oval body, color of “zero saturation” – no color.
Junzo spent a year to complete this stylish teapot with high usability since he got the idea.
It was a process of trial and error.
Junzo thinks that most important for teapots is ease of use.
Gripping of handle, lightness of body, tightness of lid to body, water flow from spout – Users would feel comfortability for all that.
Maekawa Junzo was born in 1976. A ceramic artist in Tokoname city, that is known as “teapot town of Japan”. There are many teapot artists in the city.
Most of their works are unglazed teapot with red clay or mountain clay.
Junzo often uses glaze on surface of teapots to express more than clay alone can do. (Inside is unglazed)
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Junzo says, having time of brewing tea with a teapot in everyday life produce richness in mind.
Warm the teapot, put tea leaves in a teapot and wait for tea leaves open in the teapot. Slow down your pace of life in this moment. It will bring a space in yourself.
Junzo is a tea lover. He brew Japanese green tea, Taiwan Wenshan baozhong, Tie Guan Yin, Chinese Pu’er Tea with this teapot. Any kind of tea can be good for this teapot.
This teapot was made of blend clay from Tokoname mountain soil and Tajimi clay and Seto’s clay.
Why Junzo use blended Tokoname, Tajimi, and Seto clay ？
Understanding the nature of the material is MUST of producing works.
JUNZO was studying ceramic art in the Seto and Mino(Tajimi) regions. He know well about Seto and Tajimi clay as well as Tokoname clay.
In order to make works as he designed, he use the clay which he knows well and familiar with.
Note: Each clay has different nature. (color, reaction with glazing, texture, shrink rate…many other respects)
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