Katou Syukei has given the body of this teapot a very classic, simple round-shape that is pleasing to the eye and very well executed. It is not easy to create a perfectly round shape that radiates harmony and elegance such as this teapot possesses. The flared shaped of the handle works well with the pot’s rounded body and is easy to grip. The surface of the teapot is smooth with just a hit of texture and has an almost sueded feel.
The dramatic glossy lines on the lid and body of this teapot are known as mogake. Mogake patterns are created by draping long, string-like pieces of seaweed around the unglazed teapot and lid before firing. During firing, the salt in the seaweed reacts with the clay, leaving a distinctive, spidery-thin tracing of color across the surface of the vessel. This glossy red and tan mogake patterning looks quite striking against the teapot’s matte, buff-colored clay.
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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