Tead Off wrote:The Sado pots that Hojo markets on his site and the ones I saw in the shop were by Watanabe Tozo. (Why doesn't he show any of these new ones on the website?). I found most, if not all, not very well made for the money he asked. I have no experience with the new ones but it concerns me that he markets these as natural when he specifically told me there was artificial clay (25%) added to it for easier manufacture. On his site, he says 'In Japan, it is only Sado Island that produces the natural red clay teapot.' This contradicts what he told me that the Banko pots he carried were the only ones made with natural clay and that all Tokoname were made with artificial clay. As tea drinkers, we are very influenced by people we place in authority positions. Belief often has nothing to do with our actual experience. Enjoy those beautiful pots.
Sorry to jump in. I may have some additional information that some what can answer some of your concerns.
After having a good number of transactions with Hojo. I have noticed that most of his latest teapots are stored in Nagano where his wife serves Japanese customers. 99% of my orders were sent out from Nagano Prefecture. On the http://hojotea.com/item_e/available.htm
, you can find at least 1 teapot that has “Stock in Malaysia” description. If you check the Japanese website, you cannot find Watanabe Tozo teapots. http://hojotea.com/categ/teaware.htm
I assume that Shimizu Ken is the current main supply of Sado teapots, and Hojo did state on his website that Ken mixes two types of clays (red and yellow.) Hojo does not mention about mix clays on the Banko pages.
I often find Hojo’s language can be extremely/offensive to some people. I suggest that you send him an email to question the information that he provided to you in the past. Hojo is an open-minded person, and there were times that I corrected some of his mistakes that he posted on his website.
For all who are planning to purchase Hojo’s teapots, Hojo usually use plastic beads to measure his teapots’ size. Therefore, the measurement is not as accurate as Water measurement. You can request his to use water measurement for the pot that you are interested in.