Shimizu Hokujo Reddish Brown Earthy Tokoname Kyusu Teapot
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Simple yet elegant.
Hokujo is devoting his all energy and time to creating the ideal teapots.
His ideal is to create teapots that gives sensation of “nature” “underground soil ” .
“Sensation of underground soil” and “what teapot express” has to be the same for him. What he makes is “Nature” or “Soil” which has teapot shape.
He uses all the techniques and thoughts he has accumulated over 50 years in the production of the teapot.
Hokujo uses clay he dug from a few decades ago in Tokoname, not adding other components so much, just took out sand and stone from the clay.
He thinks Tokoname clay is ideal clay for teapot. He would like to make best use of Tokoname clay.
Texture of this teapot is so natural and tender, you can see the quality of the clay in the photo. In order to produce this texture, the shape of the soil particles is also carefully considered.
Lines running surface of the body, connection part of handle and spout to the body are artistic.
Hokujo says teapots he produced now is the best teapots among what he has been produced in the past. Making clay, making form, firing etc he is spending all his energy and technique into making those teapots.
Tokoname city designated Hokujo’s teapot making technique as Intangible cultural property. (handmade with rokuro)
Teapot-Making Techniques as “Intangible Cultural Properties” of Japan (article)