Ode to the Kyusu


Discussion on virtually any teaware related item.

How many Kyusu do you own? And bonus question, how many do you use? So, 2 answers are permitted.

1
72
21%
2-3
75
22%
4-5
33
10%
6-7
7
2%
8-10
7
2%
11-14
5
1%
15 or more
5
1%
I USE 1
52
15%
2-3
52
15%
4-5
20
6%
6-7
2
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
2
1%
15 or more
5
1%
 
Total votes : 340

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Feb 4th, '12, 10:14

Got the above pot today. Was a little over my budget but its stunning. Clay seems to do what my Banko clay does and slightly smooths out tea in a subtle fashion.

The filter is a sesame and its the finest one I've ever seen. Pour is like a laser beam...something I've never seen on any of my kyusus. Feeling is very smooth. Stunning service from artist nippon....thanks Toru!

Its just started snowing here and I brewed up my first cup of Fuka in the pot. Drinking it while staring out at the winter wonderland (little woodland) which backs straight on to my house was a little magical. Everything just felt so right. I good start to the pots life!

Will get some pics up later.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby nrstooge » Feb 4th, '12, 11:47

You are all horrible enablers.. I've not only started on matcha.. but now I've purchased a kyusu from O-cha last night and cannot wait to get it now. (like I don't have enough tea pots in this small apartment already.

http://www.o-cha.com/Tokoname-Teapot-16520.html

Today it rained, which turned to snow... so staying in, knitting and drinking tea are in order methinks.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Feb 5th, '12, 11:51

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Feb 5th, '12, 12:56

subtle and beautiful
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby iannon » Feb 5th, '12, 13:40

debunix wrote:subtle and beautiful

+1
i love the classic simplicity of it. that ones been on my "want" list for a long while
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Feb 5th, '12, 18:09

Thanks guys. That shot isnt good colour wise. The colour of it is much more like what Toru posted on artisticnippon. In fact when the pot gets wet it looks like it does in the above pic.

artisticnippon must have got another in stock as its still listed. Its a stunning pot and easily the nicest I've ever owned.

Its highly functional, light as a feather and just has this incredible feeling of poise in the hand. The outside is so smooth and when it gets hot with water it almost feels alive.

I'm completely in love with it! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby nrstooge » Feb 6th, '12, 13:40

Very nice indeed. I tend towards the simple designes with no muss/fuss about them.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Saladin » Feb 8th, '12, 19:24

I'm making tea cups in my basement today and it's pretty cold down there so I decided to warm up with some genmai cha. I just recently got this little vintage Mashiko tea pot on the ebay.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby michaelb3600 » Feb 9th, '12, 16:47

Alex wrote:OK all paid for now.

Yakishime kyusu by Teruyuki

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Wow. I didn't know I was shopping for a teapot today, but that is amazing. Do want. Just priced it on Artistic Nippon. *Pulls collar back and forth*
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby nrstooge » Feb 10th, '12, 20:49

My first one arrived today. LOVE it!!
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Feb 10th, '12, 21:13

Petite and pretty. how does it brew?
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby nrstooge » Feb 10th, '12, 21:37

wonderful.. it has the removable screen so you have to be sure to keep water level below that, but other than that, has a really nice pour at the beginning, but does give a tiny drip at the end. (but most of my pots do anyway so I'm used to that) Perfect size (320 ml) too. I think I'm hooked :wink:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Feb 23rd, '12, 05:46

Think I'm going to go for a Hokujo pot. :shock:

I was originally deciding between my Teruyuki and a Hokujo and like the hopeless addict I'm probably going to get both in the end. I'm torn between quite a few pots. Some thing that's holding me back on some great ones of his is the dimple.

I think my western mind instantly rejects it and although I saw it as an added imperfection the more I see it the more I just see it as a small flourish from the artist.

Does anyone else struggle with these? I'd like to hear other peoples views on them. Or am I missing some important function property?

I'm also looking a mogake of his as well without a dimple.

Also contacting Toru he explained that any size and shape can be made by this artist with probably around a 2 month lead time.

I think I've looking for too long now. And now can't decide. So any help or advice would be great. Wish I could just stroll in to his shop and see in person.

Its a bit sad but I've been getting the pics of the pots I want and putting them on a netbook. Then putting the net book on my tea table and pretending its there in the kitchen for that full on 3d effect. :lol:

My wife senses a disturbance in the dark side. :mrgreen:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Feb 23rd, '12, 12:37

I bought a Hokujo mogake pot from Toru a few years ago and I love it. Light, well-balanced, it's a beautiful pot. I've been thinking about getting another Hokujo. :) Anyway, Toru has a great rapport with Hokujo and will probably get one specially made for you. Hence the 2 month lead time. Toru is great to work with and he'll help you any way he can. By the way, I've been to his shop and it's pretty impressive. He has lots of stuff that he doesn't have listed on the site. These are most likely the items that he "happens to find in the warehouse". :)

I have many Hagi pieces by Seigan that have the thumbprint or dimple but I've never seen it as a flaw. Most of the pieces that I have with the dimple are yunomi so I usually just grip it with my thumb in the depression. I actually have a Seigan namako (sea cucumber) glaze chawan with a double dimple but my thumbs fit them perfectly when I drink from it.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Feb 23rd, '12, 12:44

Buzz Fledderjohn wrote:I bought a Hokujo mogake pot from Toru a few years ago and I love it. Light, well-balanced, it's a beautiful pot. I've been thinking about getting another Hokujo. :) Anyway, Toru has a great rapport with Hokujo and will probably get one specially made for you. Hence the 2 month lead time. Toru is great to work with and he'll help you any way he can. By the way, I've been to his shop and it's pretty impressive. He has lots of stuff that he doesn't have listed on the site. These are most likely the items that he "happens to find in the warehouse". :)

I have many Hagi pieces by Seigan that have the thumbprint or dimple but I've never seen it as a flaw. Most of the pieces that I have with the dimple are yunomi so I usually just grip it with my thumb in the depression. I actually have a Seigan namako (sea cucumber) glaze chawan with a double dimple but my thumbs fit them perfectly when I drink from it.


Thanks for the great response. I'm leaning towards the mogake without a dimple. I certainly dont see the dimple as a flaw as it looks very intentional and beautifully done. I'm a little unsure about getting a piece made, I've dealt with Toru loads and he's amazing I just like the idea of being slightly less fussy and just picking from one of these incredible pots. :mrgreen:
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