GREENWOODSTUDIO wrote:I'm going to be making all kinds of teaware for this next firing, so I'll definitely be adding your request to the list
So, whether we are talking various types of unglazed Japanese clay pots (Tokoname, Banko, Sado, Shigaraki, etc.), or unglazed Yixing pots, a few factors always seem to come up when discussing what makes them have a positive effect on the tea. 1) Having a higher iron content in the clay. 2) Having a clay that is porous enough to "breathe" (i.e. it sweats when boiling water is added, but doesn't leak). I think good teapot clay walks the line between being below vitrified, but high fired enough to not rob the tea of it's flavors and aromas. I'll leave it up to you and your expertise to guess what type of clay and what place in the kiln might come close!
Thanks for being so open to new ideas! As TIM said, a sign of a true ever-growing artist.
P.S. I dig the new spouts on the houjins!