Tea pots as an experiment

Threw some teapots yesterday as sort of an experiment. As a rule, I don’t like to make tea pots, what with the spouts, handles, lids, etc… They are a whole lot of parts to put together, and you can’t charge very much for them, and there are a lot of folks out there making them very well and/or exclusively. So, they’re not a smart thing to try to compete with around here.

But, every once in a while someone comes in and comments on the pot that I use for tea and asks if I will make them one. It is called a ‘shiboridashi’ or sometimes ‘karasukuchi’, I don’t know the origin of the names. It’s a very simple little pot with no spout or handle, and a very rudimentary strainer. The one I use happens to have a handle, but I see many without. Around Karatsu, one sees the handle-less ones with an attached mouth/lip, rather than the bent over lip. They are called ‘Houbin’

This is a small group of experimental tea pots to figure out what I like to make and use. Will make more groups with/without handles, with/without the attached lip, etc…. Hopefully will be able to settle on something that is attractive, practical, easy to make, and unique. I’m not picky.


 Strainer (not yet cleaned up, sorry). This will NOT be glazed, just the inside of the pot below the gallery will have glaze, and the strainer will be masked off.

 This is how the tea leaves the pot. Seems like not much, but it is enough, and very few stems and leaves make it into the cup. Then, VERY easy to clean up after the guests are gone. No hard to reach strainers, or spout-side strainer grime.

 Got busy with the new Spalthammer yesterday and finished splitting all of my beam cut offs.  I have about 5 cords of split and stacked wood now. What fun! (Except for the piece that fell down off the pile and nailed my little toe, right through my boots. Nice little purple toe now, though I thought I’d spare you the picture)

10 thoughts on “Tea pots as an experiment”

  1. Love these pots – so simple and elegant! The strainer is really intriguing and I would love to see one in action…

  2. The teapots are charming but I can't imagine that they won't be too hot to pick up and pour from. Very interesting to see some real experimentation on new design.

  3. Quick Stephen, what movie is that from? For badges, that is…

    Too late….

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    Directed by John Huston
    Starring Humphrey Bogart

    Great movie! Saw it just the other day for the first time. If you haven't seen it you must rent it NOW.

  4. Actually, these pots are easy to hold and pour from because of the tall rim. It never gets hot. Mine is the right size for my hand, and I can grasp it across the top by the rim, with the palm of my hand holding the lid in place.

  5. YO, nice work! I am also making teapots this month!
    How odd. I used to think they were a huge hassle to make. But after years of making them, I love it now. Not an expert, far from it, but some people seem to like them alot. So that's always gratifying.
    Anyway, great strainer! Good luck with it. I like your shape too. Not sure about the knob on the lid..just my opinion.
    Will check out your recommended movie above.

  6. I find that the knobs take away from the elegant general shape of your pots. Too big maybe, not sure…Maybe they look great in person..?

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