Teapot by Japanese potter Ohara Koichi 大原光一
Made in Tokoname (常滑), Japan
Hand thrown, one-of-a-kind collectible piece. Highly acclaimed studio artist's piece, suitable for quality tea time as well as for private collection.
Originally designed for the Japanese or Chinese tea serving. But of course you can serve whatever tea you want with this pot.
Beaurful green/brown clay is the artist's original mix, containing white grit. It has a unglazed natural touch.
A clay strainer is build inside this pot so that tea leaves won't clogg up the small spout. See the last photo image. You don't need to poke the spout with any tool. The build-in strainer is a distinctive feature of Japanse teapots.
Tokoname is one of the six ceramic heritage bases in Japan, known as "The Teapottery" as it is the country's biggest teapot production centre.
In 20 years here, Ohara started crafting teapots on his own - which was not the norm in the industry. In the artist's words:
"When I started, probably it was not common for independent studio potters to make teapots themselves. Teapots have been typically made under a manufacturing system, where each worker is in charge of the parts or processes. Simply, it is not easy to throw, and with too many parts to craft and assemble together for a single potter. I rather enjoyed it, just like I did when assembling plastic model kits as a schoolboy."
Height 63mm Diameter 72mm Length 119mm
Hold 160 ml
Ohara Koichi is a master potter based in Tokoname, Japan. Ohara draws his inspiration from raw textures in the nature. He mixes various local soils and materials to make his clay, glaze and slip, which often contain grit.
The utility wares Ohara creates have a distinctive texture like aged patina. Some pieces remind us of the washed surface of rocks, some others of artefacts excavated from the bottom of the sea. Each piece is one of a kind.
Ohara studied physics at Meisei University before becoming a ceramic artist. He learned from the ceramic heritage in Korea and Thailand as well as from Tokoname in Japan, a renowned base for the ceramic industry and often reffered to as “the town of teapots". In his 20 years in Tokoname, Ohara designed three wood-burning kilns (Anagama), as well as firing his works in a communal kiln.
Ohara has embraced crossover creative projects and joined in contemporary art exhibitions by the artists such as Theaster Gates (USA) and Camille Henrot (France).
No dishwasher, microwave or oven
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