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This is actual piece we send you (SR11)
Shoryu express dramatic red sunset sky on the teapot.
Enchanting red colors and the patterns.
Body is carbon black with oil drop pattern with delicate shine.
The black comes from reduction firing with rice-hulls in kiln. (Smoked)
Melt pure gold was applied on lid knob,
Gold and red together look gorgeous.
After 1st firing (red teapot), apply glaze on surface, then fire again ,
then go reduction firing (smoked. becomes black teapot) ,
apply pure gold on lid-knob the fire again.
It is originally red clay. You can see it inner side of the lid. (lid was not smoked)
It was not easy to have beautiful oil drop pattern at first, Shoryu said. He had been tried some years to have ideal pattern constantly. Because change of weather and season (temperature and humidity in the air) affect to the pattern.
The surface is glazed and its texture is smooth and natural, inside is unglazed, so that tea and water touches the clay – that makes tea taste better.
This teapot is rather light, body is relatively thin.
Good to brew any kind of tea. There are many good reputation especially green tea, white tea brewing.
Artist Bio: Born in 1945. 60 years of teapot work , as of 2020.
In 2018, received The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays from the government for his long year contribution to the Japan’s traditional art craft.
Please also see Syoryu Teapot Story https://shihateacomfort.com/shoryuplum