Crackled Kohiki Teabowl (Inoue Shigeru)

As kohiki pots have an extra layer of white clay between the glaze and base, they are prone to spotting and staining, especially when you first start using the ware. A Chanoyu practitioner called this spotting as “blossoming”, a poetic way to describe what is happening.

Soaking in water before use at the beginning will prevent staining. Don’t panic if you see spots when you soak it in water. They will disappear when the pot dries. Over time with use, the spotting will stop, an indication that the pot is seasoned. Then you can use the pot as you would use any other dish.

There may be bumps, cracks, spots and other irregularities on this piece. Please do not purchase if you are averse to these natural characteristics that result from the use of unprocessed clay, slip and glaze.

Approximately D5.5″xH2.75″

Glazed stoneware with slip
Made in Japan by Inoue Shigeru


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Nagoya based potter Inoue Shigeru makes pots for everyday use that are reminiscent of old Mishima ware. He uses rough and crumbly unprocessed clay which is extremely difficult to form, and applies natural slip and glazes that are mixed using feldspar exposed to the rain and sun.  He is adamant about using these natural materials and methods because only they can create the desired depth and rusticity in the finished work. The pieces are fired in a gas kiln with minimal airflow, known as reduction firing, which forces oxygen to be drawn out of the clay bodies and glazes. This firing method causes random pink shades to appear in the glaze, known as gohonte, that are much desired by pottery enthusiasts. Pots that are fired in reduction firing also become sturdy and hard, making Inoue-san’s pots perfect for the dining table.