This remarkable teapot is crafted from a soft rich brown-grey colored clay and has a slight metallic shimmer. The surface of the clay has a wonderful feel to it, similar to that of a well-weathered stone. There is a small glossy patch on the body and lid (which is likely a kiln effect or a bit of applied glaze) which works well in contrast to the matte finish present on the majority of the pot. The pot’s low, domed shape gives it an appealing silhouette. Its shape also allows for a large opening, which makes for easy filling with large leaf tea. This is also a very sturdy teapot that has a nice heft.
The teapot’s most eye-catching feature is the beautifully-balanced, incised floral design on the lid. Keiichiro Watanabe’s placement of the flowers both highlights the curvature of the pot and brings balance to the overall design.
Born in 1959, Keiichiro Watanabe is a skilled and innovative potter whose work was featured at the 1987 World Design Expo. In addition to being a highly skilled potter, Keiichiro Watanabe is also a musician and composer. He specializes in playing the recorder and has combined his musical and pottery skills to create his own unique ceramic recorder.
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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