YOKEI MIZUNO MK06 Nanban Hidasuki Mogake Seaweed Tokoname Kyusu Teapot 水野陽景藻掛
YOKEI MIZUNO Nanban Hidasuki Mogake Seaweed Teapot
Hidasuki: Fire line by rice straw
Mogake: Seaweed pattern
About Nanban: The style called Nanban is originally meant rough and simple texture pottery came from Southeast Asia countries to Japan, which were loved the tea masters of the time (a few hundred years ago) because it has wabi-sabi style that meets new style/value of the tea ceremony of the time. In later time, rough and simple texture pottery that has wabi-sabi feels are called Nanban.
Thin body, light in weight, very detailed work.
Pretty and sophisticated shape .
Beautiful pattern is from Rice Straw and Seaweed.
Rice Straw (Hidasuki Fire lines) makes bold orange lines.
Seaweed (Mogake) makes thin brown pattern and green seaweed glazing.
Clay is Yokei's original - Blend of Tokoname mountain clay, Tokoname rice field clay and Shigaraki clay. Tokoname rice field clay contains iron and make the body color tasteful.
Yokei fired the pot three times. Fired with reduced oxygen atmosphere (reduction firing) body becomes grayish with orange marble like seen in the photo.
Straw orange and Seaweed brown and green are very beautiful on gray-orange-marble body. Everything is harmonized.
For seaweed, delicate spring seaweed are used. Yokei picked them in the sea and aged a few years to make ideal color of seaweed lines on teapots.
To make the seaweed art "right", salinity in the seaweed is the one of the keys. After picking up the seaweed, it is important to wash and dry seaweed to control salinity. For example, too much salt in seaweed, it damages teapot body. Short of salt doesn't make pattern.
About Mogake(seaweed) process
Surface of the body is "textured" - it look so natural and feels of clay is simple. This texture is called "Nanban" in Japanese. Master Yokei's very high technique can make this texture. He only used right hand (no support of left hand) to form the shape.
Perfect fit of the lid to the body. You feel "perfect fitting" every time you place the lid.
Good to brew Green tea, Woolong tea, White Tea, Black tea, any kind of tea!
Artist of the teapot is Yokei Mizuno, born in 1956, great teapot artist in Tokoname, Japan. Elegance and simplicity coexist in his works.
This teapot is very thin and light (112g)
Very artistic and made with high technique.
Artist : Yokei Mizuno
Capacity : Approx. 290ml
Box : Wood Box