In September I traveled to Japan to continue my ongoing project about handcrafted japanese teapots in Tokoname, Aichi. I started this documentary back in 2009.
This wonderful green burned seaweed teapot by Tokoname´s pottery master Hakusan been a pleasure to photograph. It holds around 280ml and serves delicious Sencha for 2-4 people.
Around the middle of the Muromachi era, Sousetsu, the second son of Raiei, owner of the Takayama castle, asked his close friend Murata Juko, superior of temple Shomeidera, to produce a bamboo whisk. This is said to be the start of the Takayama whisks' production.
"I want to study the movements of the upper body," Rolf Baum about his sculptures and statues.
I received this shudei (red clay) teapot from Fugetsu as a present a couple of days ago. The sujibiki technique accents the horizontal lines, making the teapot appear fresh off the potter's wheel. This piece of art is impressive because of its simplicity. It seems not to attract any attention to the viewer. But if you hold it, it feels light and the surface velvety.
Seihou delivers a light stone-colored kyusu adorned with dainty cherry blossoms accented in gold and creamy-white butterflies on the body. Charmingly feminine with a beautifully rounded shape.