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Mizuno Tea Set by rebootmaster2001 Mizuno Tea Set by rebootmaster2001
I made this for my retiring Japanese professor. Her last name is Mizuno, which means water field. I tried to make her name represented in the work, which proved to be harder than expected. I ended up deciding to have the inside look like water and the outside be rock or earth. The form I'm okay with, but the glaze results makes me really upset. I didn't expect to make a crayola blue for the water, it was supposed to be a nice clear blue. I made the perfect test tile for this, but I must have mixed it wrong. Also, the amount of iron on the outside mixed atmospherically with the blue, especially on the teapot, causing it to be a really dirty dark blue.

Overall, she was happy with the results, but since I wasn't, I gave her another set, that turned out much better. Sadly, I didn't get it pictured, but you can use your imagination. It was a faceted small yellow wabi-sabi tea set. She liked that too, and understood why I was giving her two.

Conceptually this was my best piece of the semester, functionally the other tea set was my best, and I'm going to upload one in a few days that was my best according to execution.
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HeathenDance Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Looks graet!
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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crazydreamerdreamson Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have been featured in [link]
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
yeah I must admit -- I loved the design on this but was not impressed with the violent blue interior on such a brilliantly formed organic work like this.

I'm making my first teapot for my daughter right now -- and I have a whole set of things I've made this semester to be fired....

glaze is a terrible beast -- you either please the kiln gods with your decision or you don't.

I'm going in with trepidation. Hope the pieces come out ok.

Make another set to your liking. Keep the organic wood look. I know it took forever to make, but it's a brilliant design. do it again with the proper coloration. You'll feel happy and vindicated!

I'd do it.

(I may have to, once my stuff is glazed)
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^

I've actually moved into a different organic direction when it comes to teapots... I plan to upload my images tonight or tomorrow if you're interested :)
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
I'm definitely interested. shoot me a comment or note. I'll check them out.

I am just making my first teapot and the spout I threw this morning resembles an elephant's trunk.

while that may sound cool, it was definitely NOT intentional. I may make a second teapot to put the "elephant trunk" on -- but I wanted something more dainty for the potshape I initially threw.
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I've got them uploaded.

I find it best to make a few lids, handles, and spouts for one teapot, and choose the best one. It can be difficult to picture a spout on a teapot since sometimes half of the form is cut off.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I understand your frustration with the colors, I rather think they're lovely. The form is beautiful, especially with the branch motif. :D
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thanks :)

I hope to make another with the colors I invisioned and hopefully that will turn out awesome.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can't wait to see it. :excited:
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