Traditional Bizen teapot with hidasuki markings, handcrafted and signed by artisan, Jumpei Kaneshige, the grandson of Toyo Kaneshige, who revived the Momoyama method of Bizen-yaki while searching for techniques to make teaware. Perfect for brewing a pot for one or two people. The high iron content of the clay enhances the flavor of the tea.
The making of...
The organic markings on the piece are created with the hidasuki (緋襷) technique, which emphasizes the natural colors and textures of the clay. A common Bizen technique, the pottery is wrapped in bunches of rice straw prior to firing, then placed in a saggar, which protects the piece from direct contact with the flames and ashes. When the straw burns away, it reveals calligraphic reddish streaks on the surface. Jumpei often pounds the rice straw with a mallet for a more softer, more muted effect. Each piece is hand-formed and fired with red pine logs from the Okayama region for 14 days.
About Jumpei Kaneshige
Jumpei Kaneshige is a Bizen-based potter hailing from renowned lineage; he is the grandson of Toyo Kaneshige (Living National Treasure) and son of Kosuke Kaneshige, a celebrated ceramic artist in his own right. Jumpei creates Bizen-yaki with the techniques passed down from his ancestors and his father.