TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection


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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby Drax » Jun 18th, '11, 19:41

Chip wrote:Yes, arrived today! Oddly, the Priority package required a signature. The carrier could not explain why either.


Awww, no luck for me today. If I'm going to have to sign for it, that means I'm not going to see it till late next week when I get drop by the Post Office... *sigh*

Certainly plenty to enjoy in the meantime...! :D
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby Chip » Jun 18th, '11, 21:48

All unpacked and hot rinsed, airing out per Petr's directions. These are all crawling shino pieces. I would also suggest a little care, including when drying, pat dry versus rub dry.

The pieces are truly beautiful, it was really hard to let them air, wanted to brew up.

The iron rich clay is spectacular. I checked it out with an illuminated magnifier.
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby debunix » Jun 18th, '11, 21:50

Wait till you see what it does to the water.
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby Chip » Jun 18th, '11, 21:52

debunix wrote:Wait till you see what it does to the water.

Perhaps tomorrow, don't think I can wait any longer than this. :mrgreen:
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby debunix » Jun 19th, '11, 01:32

I am in love with a teapot. A kyusu teapot. Before you call my love for an inanimate object unnatural, take a look at it, and judge for yourself.

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Kyusu by debunix, on Flickr

See the grooves from forming on the wheel?

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The crawling glaze peeling back to show the naked clay?

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The lovely strainer-spout?

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I find it astonishingly beautiful, hard to take my eyes off of it. Lid fit is neat, but given the coarse clay, it's not surprising that the lid doesn't fit quite tightly enough to completely stop the pour when the hole in the lid is covered. Still, it pours out completely in about 12 seconds, a neat stream.

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Delicious first sencha. Mmmmm.

The balance and feel of the pot in my hand is fantastic. The handle has slip and glaze at the end of it, where I like it to feel smoother and softer against my hand, with a bit of exposed raw/rough surface at the bottom of the handle, where the texture helps with easy grip. It's so subtle and so perfect that it took me a while to realize what a lovely little detail that is. It holds heat very well, but the handle is thin and cool, and I'd be confident handling this pot with boiling water if I were using it for a different kind of tea. The pot doesn't balance on the handle, but it balances in my hand, balances in my eyes, and balances my tea.

I am a very happy camper. I think I can even survive the next week or so while I wait for my shibo (!) to arrive. So glad I broke down and added this lovely thing to my order. And now pushing my sencha as hard as I ever had, up to an 8th infusion or so with near boiling water, still getting some distinct sencha-sweetness, because I don't want to stop using my pot.

Thank you Petr!
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby David R. » Jun 19th, '11, 06:25

Incredible ! So gorgeous. Nice shots too !
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby lkj23 » Jun 19th, '11, 12:58

that kyusu is awesome!!!
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby Chip » Jun 19th, '11, 14:16

Thanks for posting photos, debunix!

So, broke out the "sencha set." Kyusu, Yuzamashi, and 2 cup/saucers. This is perfect for a 4 ounce (120 ml) session more or less. The sizes of the pieces coordinate very nicely!

Oh, and the set in action looks and functions beautifully!
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby camw » Jun 20th, '11, 00:47

Using my shiboridashi for the first time today and loving it, I haven't owned one before and now I'm wondering why. Drinking some newly arrived 2011 Shincha from o-cha and using the Hagi SSO Sendai (I know I shouldn't cross the streams but oh well!).
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby Chip » Jun 20th, '11, 00:49

camw wrote:Using my shiboridashi for the first time today and loving it, I haven't owned one before and now I'm wondering why. Drinking some newly arrived 2011 Shincha from o-cha and using the Hagi SSO Sendai (I know I shouldn't cross the streams but oh well!).

... well, they are both TC SOs, so you are in the clear. :mrgreen:
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby debunix » Jun 20th, '11, 00:55

camw wrote:(I know I shouldn't cross the streams but oh well!)


Why not?

Sometimes a matched set is nice, sometimes a variety is nice. Fortunately teawares from different cultures, countries, and continents always seem to get along well together!
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby camw » Jun 20th, '11, 01:06

debunix wrote:
camw wrote:(I know I shouldn't cross the streams but oh well!)


Why not?

Sometimes a matched set is nice, sometimes a variety is nice. Fortunately teawares from different cultures, countries, and continents always seem to get along well together!


I don't know, I thought that someone might say something if I didn't. They are both beautiful pieces individually. Though you are right and they play nicely together.
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby siae » Jun 20th, '11, 07:29

I love them <3 sorry for the bad pictures.

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Brewing up some Singbulli clonal first flush.
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby lkj23 » Jun 20th, '11, 08:12

all beauties!!! congratulations!!! I love teaware
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Re: TA SO 3 Petr Novák Wood Fired Shino Collection

Postby Chip » Jun 20th, '11, 10:19

lkj23 wrote:all beauties!!! congratulations!!! I love teaware

+1, thanks Siae for sharing with us. They are amazing indeed!

Having used the kyusu and kyusu style yuzamashi, I have found the "fist grip" is perrrrfect and most comfortable for this style/shape/shorter-length handle.

Make a fist, insert handle between middle and index (fore) fingers, thumb over lid. The butt of the handle sits nicely in the palm of your hand. Feels perfect, right?

I really like this handle that Petr uses for most of his side handle pots and yuzamashi, it is rounded at the end and feels quite natural.

This feels better to me than the standard "handshake grip" that I use for longer and more angular-shaped handles that are more typical in Tokoname kyusu-s.
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