Arrival of a new student to the studio today – G from Italy. We’d been anticipating her arrival already in the week before because after hearing her very Italian sounding name, we were all trying to figure out how it would be pronounced and practising it out loud lol. Turns out it was not as complex as it looked in writing.
On the way to pick her up, we went to the clay shop where M-san helped me ask the staff which type of red clay would be good to get to try Kohiki. It’s amazing how many types of clay bodies they have plus the incredible range of outcomes using the same glaze but on different clay bodies and different firing methods. Chemistry never seemed so exciting before ceramics came into my life.
After picking G up from the station, we went to Apita to get groceries. That was the day I made fashion history in Seto – by accidentally wearing the studio slippers out to town. No idea why but obviously I’d forgotten to slip my feet out from those slippers into my regular shoes. Those oversized dirty beige plastic slippers blend in perfectly fine in the studio where there’s always tons of clay and dust on the floor but once out of the studio… At least it gave everyone a laugh. ^^;
After Apita, we stopped by the tool shop. There probably wasn’t a trip to the tool shop in which I didn’t make any purchase. This time, bought some tools for assembling the Kyusu tea pot – set of calipers (whose existence I’d just learnt about from M-san), incredibly slim yet sharp craft knife, an a little tool for poking the hole in the clay used to make the sieve in the tea pot.
Back in the studio that night I worked on yet another tea pot. After assembling things, the first thing that struck my mind was, wait a second… is the Chakoshi 茶漉しor sieve, set too low? Felt really silly at the time because everything else had gone pretty well. And at the last section of assembling the pieces together I’d made a mistake with the position of the sieve?!? Boy was I feeling a little down… In the end, I found out the next day that it wasn’t a problem if my sieve was set low, the only thing was the topmost part of my spout needed to be high enough, otherwise the liquid inside the pot would flow out soon after being filled. The limiting factor really is the lower rim of the spout.
Such incredible details that I’d never really given much thought of despite having used teapots to drink tea with countless of times over the years.