For the side handled, it really depends on the shape and a placement of the handle. And whether it is designed for a fist grip (between index and middle finger) or palm grip.Bok wrote:I don’t know about you lot, but it seems to me that nowadys side-handle teapots are all the rage!
They keep popping up everywhere and even potters who have done straight handles for almost all their working life switch to side handles!
In Taiwan that is. But looking around instagram and other media it seems to be the new craze.
Previously mostly found in the Japanese tea arts they overtake the Chinese way too.
Each their own, me myself I do not like to use the side-hendled pots. Maybe it just needs more practice, but I feel I have better control with a straight handle. Then again I am left-handed which makes things more complicated as lefties are more rare…
Anyways, just an observation
Everything is subjected to trends and fashion, even our beloved way of tea.
I simply love pouring tea with my fist-grip Ken Shimizu kyusu, it gives such a perfect control of the pour with the slightest movement of the wrist, no need to raise elbow or a shoulder: so natural and harmonious. Very inward indeed, as Kyarazen said.
While most of my pots and most used pots have loop-like back handles. I wouldn't mind having more well made side handled ones.