cupioneer wrote:Thanks for the comments, guys.
Tead off: I agree for the most part about Hojo, but his markup is insane. I was kicking myself for getting a Masaki pot from him, because a month afterward, I noticed Horaido selling the exact same pot for less than half the price. Unfortunately, his temple is the only source for mumyoi yaki that I've been able to find. I did see those Ken pots. Problem is, I'm not sure what kind of tea I'd use with them.
Oni: I did get the Jitsuzan pot from Horaido. It performs exactly like my Tachi Masaki pot, so it's probably made from the same or very similar clay.
The Hojo-God demands more of your offerings, for sure. There is some overlap with other vendors who sell the same things for less, but, he has certain agreements with the potters where he gets more of it and a more diverse lineup. Artistic Nippon told me most of the Masaki Banko go to him, especially the smaller sizes. These potters really are doing everything by hand not by factory. I like getting the blessings for a discount, too!
There is another site that sells Sado but I cannot read it (Japanese) and difficult to communicate with the seller. They have thousands of items from everywhere. I forget the name, though.