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Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by tieguanyin » Jun 12th 11 8:49 pm

I know there has already been some discussion on the Hojo teaware thread but it would be interesting to have separate thread for this particular artist.

Anyone care to share theirs pics and reviews of the teaware by Shimizu Ken? Does his wares brew good tea?

Happy posting :D !

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Re: Red & Black Clay Sihimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by Ambrose » Jun 13th 11 3:50 am

Ive had the honor of owning two black clay sado pots and a new red batch.

The black is more smoothing/rounding with a great mineral enhancement which helps the after taste.

The red is less smoothing/rounding, with a different but similar mineral enhancement.

I like them both greatly but I am leaning towards the red clay more. I like it more because I do enjoy some of the nuances that sometimes are lost when it is smoothed too much. I do notice the red clay is alot less forgiving to over brewing because of this. I only own the red houhin now.

I think its all preference but I enjoy the clays as well as the craftsmanship. :D
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Re: Red & Black Clay Sihimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by tortoise » Jun 13th 11 1:55 pm

Ambrose, I have been charmed stupid by that houhin. I would have no idea what to say to it if we were in the same room. I would probably just hide in the corner.

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by David R. » Jun 14th 11 9:57 am

Love mine...

I also love this red hohin, but I definitively have too many teapots right now, so... :roll:
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Re: Red & Black Clay Sihimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by iannon » Jun 15th 11 1:58 am

tortoise wrote:Ambrose, I have been charmed stupid by that houhin. I would have no idea what to say to it if we were in the same room. I would probably just hide in the corner.
agreed ! that little houhin is just sublime!

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by David R. » Jun 15th 11 9:54 am

Houhin at work here.

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by tieguanyin » Jun 16th 11 1:31 am

David R. wrote:Houhin at work here.
Was that video filmed in Akira's laboratory, where he experiments with his teaware :wink: ?

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by Ambrose » Jun 16th 11 5:03 pm

Thank you so much everyone! :D Exactly why I love teachat! I can share something and you guys appreciate it as much as I do! Try showing and explaining these things to others around me here. I just get "ummmm ok" and "I don't get it"

That video is what charmed me into getting one :mrgreen:

The houhin is charming, perfect word! Thick walls, pours like a gaiwan, no fuss perfect lid fit, quality red clay, smooths the brew a bit with good aftertaste and works well with many types of tea.

Here is a picture of her today, growing a darker sheen. I brew mostly gao shan oolongs some gyokuro too.

I was drinking some premium bao zhong from hou de in the pic :D
This has been the only pot that can brew baozhong really well for me.

David, your kyusu picture is amazing !
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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by Chip » Jun 16th 11 5:16 pm

As are just about all the pots on the Hojo site, these are beauties! :mrgreen:

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Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by sergio » Jan 19th 13 11:28 pm

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This is my new one ...
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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by Emjaysmash » Jan 20th 13 12:33 am

These are great looking! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by David R. » Jan 20th 13 11:51 am

Nice Nosaka Kyusu. I love the graphite skin of these pots, especially when they are new.

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by victoria3 » Jan 22nd 13 12:11 am

Beautiful kyusu. Do you find it enhances the flavor of your tea?

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by Alex » Jan 22nd 13 7:43 am

I don't like to use the word "enhance" myself but it certainly changes the balance of flavour a lot in my Sencha. In fact the way the black Shimizu Ken pots do it are quite full on.

For me I like to think of it as more like fiddling with the EQ on an audio track. In which case the clay lowers the treble, plumps up the mid range and deepens the bass LOL 8)

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Re: Red & Black Clay Shimizu Ken Teaware from Hojo

by sergio » Jan 22nd 13 7:58 am

yes i think so but i'm not able to say exactly why, as well as alex

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