I continued my ongoing project about handcrafted japanese teapots in Tokoname, Aichi. On a late afternoon I went out for a walk and took some "non touristic shots" with my Leica M4p and Summicron 35mm, loaded with TX400. Many thanks to Mr. Bergs @ MeinFilmLab who greatly supported this project!
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.
I found a piece of wood on my way back home from work. My idea was to capture one of my very first teapot from Yoshiki Murata's Collection. It s called Mogake Sanban. I sinked the piece of wood into a course of a stream. Using Velvia filmsimulation and set my Fuji X-E2 to long exposure (15 sec).
Calf deep in the water with my tripod and the Fuji X-E2 to take this long exposure of one of my favorites works from Fugetsu. It started to rain which added these drops on the teapot. Exposure set to 40 seconds and using Velvia filmsimulation.
I started taking pictures of handcrafted japanese teapots from various masters in 2009. Beside the studio shots I am using the forest for my main location. Before I ve been using Canon´s 100mm Makro lens, which is one of the best for this type of photographs in my opinion. Since switching to Fuji X- Series, I am shooting with the 60mm Macro. But this time I tried the 18-55mm lens with the X-E2.
I used a +10 stop B+W filter for long exposure. This shot comes straight out of the camera! Using Velvia with negativ 1 color saturation. I did no post-production on this image, just adding vignetting to darken the corners.
I received this wonderful teapot by Hakusan Katayama III. last month. The purpose of Hakusan´s donation been my works for the new "Handcrafted Japanese Teapots" - Calender 2014. He uses the "horizontal lines" technique and "changed kiln". Thanks to Takeyoshi Kojima for making this possible.
Hakusan studied pottery art under his father, Tadayoshi Katayama. He is a member of Japan Sencha Crafts Association and Tokoname Hand-made Teapot Assocociation. Hakusan is mostly using the mogake style and by changing the temperature, his teapots have wonderful, warm tones and muted green colors.
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.
As a student of Tokoname´s Master Fugetsu, Ito Gofu most definitely will become one of the finest next generation craftsman.