Chip wrote:Yes, the rough sandy clay used, the thin, well crafted construction, and the crawling shino glaze do not make for bomb proof pots! A little extra care should be used, IMHO.
I am quite glad that I spent my first two years of getting more seriously into tea breaking and cracking glass teapots and teakettles and cheap porcelain gaiwans before I felt ready to for some nicer pieces....but I still lost a very nice gaiwan recently. And these Petr-yaki are the first I've had with anything as fragile-looking as the crawling shino glaze.
Not sure if I'd be comfortable with a glue in a part of the pot that will be exposed to the hot wet tea with every pour--vs a lid where the contact is less direct and frequent. I like the filing idea, but with this glaze that seems so loosely attached, I'd worry about vibrations loosening some additional bits, quite different than the smooth-clay tokoname pots I have. Perhaps some masking tape around the areas near the spout just back from what you'll be filing, so provide some extra support to help keep them from coming off?