Teapot by Ohara Koichi 大原光一
Made in Tokoname, Japan
Highly acclaimed studio artist's piece, suitable for your quality tea time as well as for private collection.
Very nuanced dark purple with a hint of blue on the bottom half. The glazing is mottled and finely indented all over, creating delicate and complex pattern and expressions. The colour changes and shimmers mysteriously at an angle reflecting the light. The beauty and charm of the this pot is utterly indescribable.
The Purple Rain is one of the signature glazings of the artist.
Originally designed for Japanese or Chinese tea brewing and serving. But of course you can serve any tea with this pot.
A clay build-in clay strainer will help you clear loose tea leaves. See the last photo image. You don't need to poke the spout with a tool. Build-in strainers are the 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 aritist's own 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."
D82mm L126mm H73mm
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Japanese Teapot - Purple Rain
About the Maker
Ohara Koichi is a renowned potter based in Tokoname, Japan. Ohara draws his inspiration from the raw textures in the nature. He mixes various local soils and materials to make his clay, glaze and slip, which often contain grit. His utility wares 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 of ceramic industry and often reffered to as “the Teapottery". In 20 years in Tokoname, he has designed three wood-burning kilns (Anagama), and also fired his works in a communal kiln.
Ohara taught throwing to conceptual aritist Theaster Gates (USA), and collaborated with him for art projects. Another muti-disciplinary artist Ohara worked with is Camille Henrot (France) .
No dishwasher, microwave or oven
Please handle with care. Every piece is made by hand and may slightly vary in colour and size from the images and description.