Tead Off wrote: NPE wrote:
Tead Off wrote:I think these are poor copies of Xishi style. No grace to these.
Well, call me an enjoyer of graceless teapots: I have a lot of fun and great tea with the one from Life in Teacup and I have K227b from Hojo currently making its way to me.
A variation on a common theme does not always have to be bad - I can enjoy both Tom Waits' as well as Tori Amos' interpretation of 'Time'
was talking about the Japanese copies, not Gingko's. The clay may be very nice for tea. It's just a personal opinion, but well made Xishi have a lot of grace and style. I don't find that in these Japanese ones. Not beautiful. Just my taste, nothing personal. Actually, it's all personal.
But are these being sold as Xishi "copies?" Perhaps they have a resemblance ... perhaps ... to a small degree. This is a bit like night and day to me personally. I do not think Hojo nor the artisan is shooting for "grace." It is all about the clay and function.
The clay is nice for tea. In general these pots including the side handle have a rudimentary look. A quality to them that is earthy, warm, raw, natural ... enjoyable to use.
Obviously this is not going to appeal to everyone ... but for me it was an instant attraction ... I saw and bought instantly (side handle). For me to do this, I have to realllllly like the item.
However we (you, me and Hojo) can agree on this, I do not particularly care for the droopy back handle pots.