this is my mizusashi. i made it myself from things found – mitate.

the main body – made of stoneware – is originally a german 17th century wine bottle with looped handle on one side close to the spout – a quite common type. this one had a nice firing.

the lid is the bottom of a wooden container from the 18th century – similar to a well bucket. the color is linseed oil and pigment and is very stable despite its scratchy look. it fits snugly after i carved its underside.

the delightful knob on top – a phellinus nigricans – a quite uncommon bracket fungus – growing on the stem of dead birch in the mountains. it is very firm – like wood. its black top surface is indeed like burnt cracked wood.

size: height 19,5 cm, diameter 18 cm.

the carpet is from afghanistan.

bizen chaire by japanese ceramic artist ABE anjin (1938-).

hikidashi-guro chawan by japanese ceramic artist HORI ichiro (1952-).

自力 作 水指 見立て

安倍安人 作 備前茶入 銘下げ髪

堀 一郎 作 瀬戸黒茶碗 銘徐歩

a paragon hikidashi-guro chawan by japanese ceramic artist HORI ichiro (1952-). in 1971 he started study under LNT KATO kozo (1935-), which in turn studied under LNT ARAKAWA toyozo (1894-1985).

HORI ichiro was born and works in mizunami, gifu prefecture, japan.

hikidashi-guro literally means ‘pulled out’ black – the pot being removed from the kiln with the aid of an iron tong while red-hot. another common name for hikidashi-guro is setoguro (black seto).

this particular tea bowl is named joho, meaning ‘walking slowly’.

size: height 9,5 cm, diameter 13 cm.

堀 一郎 作 瀬戸黒茶碗 銘徐歩