Some new teapots

Here are a couple of the shiboridashi teapots from the second firing, cleaned up with their knobs attached. The knobs are solid silver, polished and fumed to give a muted color that matches with the clay nicely. These are pretty small pots, holding about 120ml of water, mainly used for very nice sencha or gyokurocha.  The first knob is a stylized version of a Ganoderma Lucidum fungi, or ‘Reishi’ in Japanese. The second is a realistic rendering of the same. I am personally very happy with how these pots came together. The test will be at the show next month and the big question is: will they sell?










4 thoughts on “Some new teapots”

  1. Very beautiful and original pots – mainly thanks to the silver knobs, they seem modern and yet very traditional at the same time. I like such balanced works.
    I wish you a lot of luck at the show – I believe these will sell quickly 🙂
    Take care.

  2. Thank you Michal,
    Yes, it is the knobs that make them special. I am lucky to know someone who can make these for me. And I hope you are right about them selling quickly!

  3. Hey Mike,
    VERY nice pots!! I love the interaction between woodfired pots and their silver knobs.The teapots have a very nice shape that complement the mushroom shaped knobs.YES, they will sell. They are So unique and charming.
    How much would you ask for them?(Just curious)
    If anythimg, I'd say: make some more!
    HEY: did mu 1st woodfiring last weekend. Will write a post and pix on my blog soon.It was alot of fun and I was happy with the results considerning I had NO expectations.

  4. Thank you Carmen! I haven't decided on price yet, but thinking in the ballpark of $150. The knobs run from $50 to $80 depending on the amount of time spent, so I don't have a lot of room to wiggle. The show will tell me whether or not the knobs are a good investment. I am able to sell regular ones (ceramic knobs) for around $60. Congrats on your first woodfiring! Can't wait to see your pictures…

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