Measuring in at 4 inches across, this adorable teapot is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet, due to its bulbous shape, boasts a functional capacity of 6 oz. The reddish-brown, raised “dots” or hobnail pattern that cover the body of this pot stand out wonderfully against the matte black color of the teapot’s body. Although it may appear to be painted on, the red-brown color is actually the natural color of the unfired clay. The dark black color present on the the majority of the pot is a result of the firing process. After Sekisui fired this teapot, he scraped away and polished the surface of the hobnail pattern to reveal the lovely natural color of the clay. In creating this wonderful teapot, Sekisui seems to have drawn inspiration from traditional Japanese cast iron teapots and kettles. Many cast iron teapots feature similar body shapes and decorations.
The walls of this teapot are substantial and the teapot has a nice heft to it. The spout and the handle have the appearance of being ‘stitched’ onto the body of the pot, a clever way to make us realize that these pieces have been “fused” one to the other. On the lid, Sekisui has twisted a small strip of clay into a distinctive and easy-to-grasp ‘loop’ handle. These small touches combine to create quite an exceptional teapot.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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