Small Kyūsu Tea Pot by Shinya Take
The advantage of a handle on the side of a teapot, is the strong vertical you can achieve when draining the last drop of moisture from a brew of leaf tea. (Just remember to keep you hand on the lid).
Shinya Take is representative of the creative wealth in Kasama ceramics. His pieces can be found in cafes in the town, or from the stand he mans himself at ceramic fairs in the town. While they may be encountered in this way, his ceramics are themselves an outcome of painstaking craft process. Take makes his glazes from hinoki and rick husk ash, bringing rich, natural, and slightly subdued shades to the surface of his pieces - according with the aesthetic tenets of Japanese tea ware.
The potter forms his pieces on the wheel at this central Kasama studio, and for kyūsu such as these, individually makes the handle, spout and lid before bringing them together with the central body. The outcome, is a simple, handmade companion to afternoon teatimes, and an expression of the utilitarian beauty within ceramics from Japan.
As each one is made by hand, there may be slight differences between them.
They are roughly 8.5cm high, 13cm in diameter (including the spout), and 11cm wide.
They weigh around 200g.