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
70
21%
2-3
75
22%
4-5
33
10%
6-7
6
2%
8-10
7
2%
11-14
5
1%
15 or more
5
1%
I USE 1
51
15%
2-3
51
15%
4-5
20
6%
6-7
2
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
2
1%
15 or more
5
1%
 
Total votes : 335

Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby horsencl » Mar 7th, '10, 19:09

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The handle is developing a crack so it won't last much longer but I still love it :D
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Mar 7th, '10, 19:17

Nice splash of color over lid & pot!
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Cinnamon Kitty » Mar 7th, '10, 19:55

I have 5 kyusu: 4 of them are usable and one is an antique that dribbles terribly. It is pretty to look at, but impractical to use to brew. The other four are awesome and get used depending on my mood.

This is the kyusu that my father brought back from Japan for me in August. He was in Tokyo on a week long business trip and found this one in the market. It has a great pour and holds about 7.5 ounces. The screen is metal and covers just in front of the spout. Dad had no idea what he was looking for in a teapot, but knew that I had a few other teapots that looked like this one with a side handle. He picked out a good one.
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In use, with Yuuki-cha's Organic Magokoro. Yes, I chipped the spout. It doesn't affect the pour though.
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Geekgirl » Mar 7th, '10, 22:14

I have 5 kyusu, 4 of which I use. One is one of those larger Kutani kyusus. Handpainted with the matching cups. It's lovely, but I don't use it because it's kind of old, and doesn't really like to be hot. Kind of a problem with tea. HA!

I have two handcrafted pots, both by Shoryu, that I adore. Total capacity is 10oz and 11oz, but I usually brew in 6oz steeps or less. They really don't like to be full-up to the top anyways. I have a little Gyokko pot that holds less than 5oz full to the rim, and I have a little mass produced "handpainted" with a obi-ami ss screen which I use for Fukamushi because it strains THE BEST.

Here's my favorite pot, although the other Shoryu runs a close 2nd:
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Geekgirl » Mar 7th, '10, 22:17

The other Shoryu:
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Mar 8th, '10, 00:56

Thanks for sharing with us Adam (again), Horsencl, CK, and Geek!

OK, doing math ...
4 artisan Tokoname
7 production Tokoname
4 Hagi
2 Hagi Houjin
I Bizen
2 Bizen Houjin
2 Arita
3 Tetsubin ... yeah, they are kyusu aka teapots
1 really old one, not sure on its region

26 in all ... :lol:
I would say I use over 20 of them, though some less than others obviously.

This does not include a Beehouse and another ceramic pitcher style teapot
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Mar 8th, '10, 01:16

Bizen Kyusu collection, 2 old Houjin and 1 new standard Kyusu. And Bizen Guinomi.
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I aquired the standard pot first, and was so taken by it, when I saw the "matching" Houjin that is about my age ... I could not resist. The little guy is really little, holds 2 ounces tops.
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You either love a Yohen Bizen ... or you might hate it.
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby camw » Mar 9th, '10, 08:02

It can't compare to some of the awesome pieces I've seen people post here and in other threads, but I just received this Matsukawa Tokoname teapot by Gyokko from Yuuki-Cha, my first Kyusu. I do like it though and everyone has to start somewhere!

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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby chicagopotter » Mar 9th, '10, 08:20

camw wrote:It can't compare to some of the awesome pieces I've seen people post here and in other threads, but I just received this Matsukawa Tokoname teapot by Gyokko from Yuuki-Cha, my first Kyusu. I do like it though and everyone has to start somewhere!


I think that's a pretty great place to start!
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Mar 9th, '10, 10:00

chicagopotter wrote:
camw wrote:It can't compare to some of the awesome pieces I've seen people post here and in other threads, but I just received this Matsukawa Tokoname teapot by Gyokko from Yuuki-Cha, my first Kyusu. I do like it though and everyone has to start somewhere!


I think that's a pretty great place to start!

+1!!! A Gyokko is quite a nice start, much much much better than my first Kyusu. Enjoy. Sasame screen, nice volume, and reduction fired ... :mrgreen:
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Mar 9th, '10, 11:52

Hagi Kyusu by Shibuya Deishi, Shiro glaze, I struggled with this purchase for months because I liked some of the more substantial handles I had seen, but were not available at the time. However this handle feels really nice in hand!
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Reduction firing is visible in varying degrees in Deishi's works, the back shows the dark side.
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In service today! Along with SO #7, Shiro Oni Wan. I won't be brewing Fukamushi with this, but the screen works great for everything else. Super fast pour!
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby AdamMY » Mar 9th, '10, 12:15

Chip I dare say that is almost the extra thick application of Shiro which results in Kiaragi (sp?) The wrinkles glaze. I'm a big fan of the globby and wrinkle look caused by Shiro glazes, and I say that kyusu is quite nice.

Camw, That looks like a great kyusu far better than my first one.
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Abracadaver! » Mar 9th, '10, 13:25

Chip wrote:
chicagopotter wrote:
camw wrote:It can't compare to some of the awesome pieces I've seen people post here and in other threads, but I just received this Matsukawa Tokoname teapot by Gyokko from Yuuki-Cha, my first Kyusu. I do like it though and everyone has to start somewhere!


I think that's a pretty great place to start!

+1!!! A Gyokko is quite a nice start, much much much better than my first Kyusu. Enjoy. Sasame screen, nice volume, and reduction fired ... :mrgreen:


Agreed. That is a beautiful kyusu. I'm always amazed by the value vs. quality for Gyokko's pots. I've just brewed up the morning sencha in mine. Enjoy!
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Geekgirl » Mar 9th, '10, 15:00

Ditto on the gyokko. Here's an OLD photo of mine:

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I really should do another soon. Love this little pot though, it's the right size and balance, very well made.

Apologies for the photo double post, but here's a (subjectively) better picture of the little gyokko pot. :)
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Re: NEW! Ode to the Kyusu

Postby blairswhitaker » Mar 10th, '10, 14:08

Here is my fave... a large one made by my teacher, and the one of two that I did not make myself. It was thrown in china while my teach was on sabbatical there (chinese porcelain), brought back to the USA, and then fired in a Naborigama. Cup also compliment of my teach.

so #1 Image

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2. banko houhin
3.8oz glazed inside and out, made by yours truly
4.large cobalt glazed outside only also my own design
5. medium 10-12 oz? noborigama, pearl dust and wood ash fire, own design
6. 4oz, light bone ash glaze outside.

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