David and TeadOff
To me, buying Hojo’s teapots is similar to buying new digital cameras: you can find new cheaper and better cameras every spring.
After many conversations and discussions with him, I noticed few things.
1. He believes that Japan has good clays for tea, and Japanese’s artists may have not find the best way to master their baking technique as the Chineses’ artists have done hundred years ago.
2. He is researching for a best way to advance Japanese clays. In short, Hojo’s customers are somewhat funding for his experiments.
3. His teapots do perform well, and the clays are getting better.
4. Beside Gisui’s teapots, Sado clay’s teapots are more affordable today then 2 years ago. If I recalled correctly, the price of a Watanabe Tozo’s small teapot was about 28000 JYP. The USD was also strong then 1 USD = 90+ JYP.
IMHO, some of us who have spent a lot of money to invest on Hojo teapots would not be happy with the information in 2,3, and 4.
David R. wrote:
I for myself have a wonderful old Yixing for those teas. Even though,
I have to admit I'd be curious to test this kind of teapot...
I am also looking for an old zhuni yixing for Ali Shan/Li Shan Oolong but it is hard to find a trusted vendor who knows a lot of Yixing old clays. Also, they are very expensive.
If I had a time machine, I would go back to the past and get myself a gaiwan and never google the world “Yixing.” Collecting teapots is an addictive and expensive hobby; and indeed, using teapot does change my tea experience.