debunix wrote:Like my first little Seong-Il teapot that went crackly in about 3 uses--I can hardly remember what it looked like before! But interestingly it's big sibling, made with the same clay, is very slow to develop.
Actually, it's really funny--of all the teaware I've acquired, including a couple of hagi pieces via SO offerings, the only piece I've ever had leak is one of my Seong-Il pots--this one, in fact.
(Edit--changed the picture to one of my own, since the original gallery picture was broken. Apologies for the poor lighting!)
It actually doesn't leak so much as just kind of 'sweat' tea--if I leave tea/tea leaves sitting in it for any length of time, the exterior crackles will darken and fine tea-dots will form at the junctures of the crackles in several places. But it never leaks out onto the tray or the cloth beneath--it just stays on the surface, and creates some very pretty tea-crackles instead. (The dots of dried tea can be wiped off after use--they don't seem to create any splotches or anything, which is also nice.)
It's the only Seong-Il piece I have that does this, oddly enough. This particular pot is unglazed stoneware on the inside, and a shino glaze on the outside--maybe that's what contributes to the effect? Either way, it's become one of my favorite pots, and it's very fun to see ...