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~Special Interview to Mr. Maekawa Junzo by SHIHA TEAPOT SHOP ~
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 what 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 teapot artists make 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) For this Zero Saturation Flat Teapot, he uses mixed clay from Tokoname mountain soil with Tajimi and Seto’s Clay.
Junzo says, having time of brewing tea with a teapot in everyday life produce richness in mind.
Warm a teapot, put tea leaves in the 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.