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.
Rich creamy ecru slip with a hint of purple on the top.
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."
D84mm L126mm H70mm
Japanese Teapot - ecru
About the Maker
Ohara Koichi draws his inspiration from raw texture in the nature. He mixes various local soil and materials to make his clay, glaze and slip, which often contain grit.
The utility wares he creates have the distinctive texture like aged patina. Some remind us of 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 turning a ceramic artist. He learned from the ceramic traditions in Korea and Thailand as well as Tokoname in Japan, the renowned ceramic "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 one.
No dishwasher, microwave or oven