The Teapot Artisans of Instagram

Since the beginning of tea culture, there has been the teapot. In fact, many would argue you can’t have one without the other. This vessel, into which you add the basic elements of tea and water, supports a beautiful illusion that the tea which issues from the spout could not have been created without the teapot.

Likely adapted from traditional ceramic rice wine pots, teapots are intrinsic to Asian culture. The Japanese 茶碗, or ‘chawan’, literally means teacup, but it’s so ubiquitous that it can simply refer to any cup or small bowl. Artisans, potters, and ceramicists continue to craft and tweak the basic design.

Below are the Instagrams of some of the makers I’ve discovered. Admittedly, my eye veers toward modern aesthetics and simplicity. Thus, you’ll see a lot of blacks, whites, and kyusu. Enjoy!

2015 壺

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#村上躍 #安藤雅信

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#ceramics #pottery #陶芸 #kazunori_ohnaka #大中和典

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A group pots from both the past and present, it includes a small teapot with an eggshell white glaze, a small white bowl, which is very thickly glazed from my time studying ceramics in Ireland and behind is a more recent green plate and simple vase. Say beside them is my beautiful spoon by JoJo, (@jojowoodcraft), it’s part of my ever growing wooden spoon collection. I’ve been making roughly the same forms for a number of years now, the bowls, mugs and teapots especially have stayed more or less the same shape, undergoing only slight variations between batches. This coming year I want to make some changes, new pots, new shapes, I want to make bigger vases, dishes, different styles of teapots with wooden handles and a whole selection of other pieces – if time allows. That being said, I believe it is a good idea to limit yourself in the range of work made, to a certain degree. Many potters make within a certain style, their style, the pots retain certain characteristics between each other, shapes often only being scaled up and down or altered by different colours. Pots take time to develop, it can take batches and batches until they start getting to a point where they’re really any good. It’s worth doing, repetition, subtle changes and a continual development of a single idea, a particular pot. It’s so easy with clay to throw so many different things, and while it is certainly fun and sometimes necessary to simply ‘play’ on the wheel, it isn’t what most potters spend their time doing. Most tend to find their own style and develop it, sticking to really a very strict set of parameters, using only a few glazes and a single firing type as opposed to delving into every type of firing and using countless different glazes. These limitations in reality push us to be even more creative, as we learn about a set few materials to their absolute extremities and really push what they’re capable of.

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茶壷 整列。

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2017 작업실.. . . . #ceramic #studio #musso #2017

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2018-05-15T08:40:32+00:00

About the Author:

Jordan has spent most of his life working in the food and beverage industry. His professional experience with tea started at American Tea Room in Los Angeles, where he worked for almost six years, becoming their Beverage Director and helping in a three-location expansion. Later, he moved to developing, training, and menu-building what would become Alfred Tea Room, which he's helped expand into Japan. He now serves as Food & Beverage Director for Alfred Inc. which includes Alfred Tea Room and multiple locations of Alfred Coffee in Los Angeles and Austin.

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