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.
Originally designed for Japanese or Chinese tea brewing and serving. But of course you can serve any tea with this pot.
See the last photo image. The build-in clay strainer will help you clear tea leaves out. You don't need to poke the spout with a tool. Exquisite hand made strainers are 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."
Frost glaze - very nuanced blue green x white with texture.
Frost-like patina with fine indentation.
The colour of this glaze varies greatly from white to blue-green, depending on the conditions of each firing and where the pot was placed in the kiln.
This glaze is unusual as it contains a fair amount of silica sand. Silica sand is a kind of quartz, and a component of glass. It is often used for kiln equipments because the melting point is very high (approx.1700C), which means it is not at all suitable for glazing.
Frost is the artist's signature glazing you will find nowhere else.
"I managed to make the recipe by mixing silica sand with ash and feldspar. It was when I was in Chicago for an artist residency that this recipe came to me, then I popped into a pizza restaurant asking for ash from their wood-fired oven. I knew it was a bit of a crazy idea but I was thrilled to take on a challenge that most people wouldn't dare to try."
D 8.2cm L12.6cm H7.3cm
Japanese Teapot - Frost
About the Maker
Ohara Koichi draws his inspiration from raw texture he found in the nature. He mixes various local soil and materials to prepare his original clay, glaze and slip, which often contains grit. He creates variety of utility wares with unique colour and texture no one has ever seen. Some remind us of artefacts that has been buried at the bottom of the sea.
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, where he has been based over 20 years.
Embraced in "the town of teapots", Ohara has often fired his works in a communal wood burning kiln (Anagama) , and also designed three other kilns.
No dishwasher, microwave or oven