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[2014.10.02]
Selecting Suitable Clay for Japanese Green Tea

I would like to explain the points on how to choose the right type of clay teapot for a Japanese green tea. The taste alteration by various clay teapots The taste of tea will noticeably change depending on the type of clay we use. The outcome in the taste alteration using a clay teapot is …

[2014.04.06]
Selecting Suitable Clay for Japanese Green Tea

I would like to explain the points on how to choose the right type of clay teapot for a Japanese green tea. The taste alteration by various clay teapots The taste of tea will noticeably change depending on the type of clay we use. The outcome in the taste alteration using a clay teapot is …

[2014.02.06]
2 types of clay used for Mumoyi Yaki in Sado Island

In Japan, the pottery in Sado Island that uses natural red clay is called the Mumyoi Yaki (無名異焼). The Mumyoi Yaki is defined as the clay ware made of “Shudei” (朱泥), collected from the Aikawa gold mine and the surrounding mountains. However, if you understand more about the Mumyoi Yaki, you would know that there …

[2013.12.23]
Visiting Sado Island in Winter

I visited Sado Island to meet our potters, Watanabe Tozo and Shimizu Ken. This Island is situated in the north of Niigata prefecture where it was formed by submarine volcanos. For me, to get to Sado Island is like travelling overseas because it takes me 6 hours from my hometown, travelling by car and also …

[2013.10.04]
Selecting teapot and lens has something in common

It is often mentioned that a clay teapot creates a mellower taste in a tea. However, the description of “mellow” somehow is not specific enough to describe the taste. In fact, a clay teapot will modify either body or aftertaste, and sometimes both; but some poor quality clay reduces both aftertaste and body. It is …

[2013.08.14]
Are not you choosing teapot just by color?

The colour and texture of the teapot varies a lot, where the same clay could turn red, purple or black based on just the firing technique. In addition, the use of different firing techniques not only changes the colour of clay, but also the taste and flavour of the tea when it is brewed. Therefore, …

[2013.03.25]
Why is Zhuni/Shudei so famous?

  Zhuni and red clay is of different meanings Zhuni is a famous name of clay. For teapot collectors in China and Japan, this name is very familiar. Both in Japanese and Chinese,it is written as 朱泥. Zhuni is the Chinese pronunciation, while it is called Shudei in Japanese. Both languages are referring to exactly …

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