Teaism wrote:Well said Chip.
Also for that price, it is worth it. A genuine clay teapot hand made by artist, brew tea very nicely definitely better than a new moulded Yixing pot with questionable clay. The design and shape is good for me too.
I have one of another design sitting on my tea tray and going to get another one when I visit Akira next month. I booked the hotel next to his shop and will check him out for 2 days for tea. Will get the feel of the pots before I buy another one, which I am considering the Xishi.
OK, getting further and further off topic, but Hojo clearly has evolved in his thinking about kyusu/pots. Not so long ago he had the most amazing Kyusu by top name artisans that were aesthetically astounding. The best I had ever seen.
Now the pots on his site seem fundamentally simplistic to me. Clay is king.