wert wrote:It is a steal at $15 with shipping. The shape is good and the size is practical. I would suggest that you don't give much weight to things like the name of maker, the "certificate" and whatever the document says. Just enjoy the pot as it is. A teapot is merely a vessel to drink tea with, it is a good teapot as long as it is used to brew tea.
Most of these "certificates" are genetic in nature, even a photograph of the "maker" holding the pot means very little too. Having the name stamped on the pot is a long way from actually making it, much less the "stories" about its origins.
Thanks for the reminder and you're absolutely right. I guess I'm a romantic who is interested in the story behind a beautiful crafted piece of clay. I like things that are created with attention and a pure heart. There are many things made just for function and that's fine.
For gongfu cha and even more so for chado utensils are as important as the selection of tea and the way it's presented in the created atmosphere. It's the Chan way of expressing the essence through all things, preparation, presentation, sharing and appreciation.
I believe a beautiful crafted pot with a story will help express and receive and at the same time things are just as they are. A pot is clay with a hole to hold tea and water.
Zen; I don't understand
beauty forms from the unknown
moments come and go
Have some tea