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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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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice work :)
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^
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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :)
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PotterySub Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Oh my god, I disagree those colors are beautiful! I really love what you've done with the handle there too.
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, well thanks. I hope to do another version of this and see if a lighter blue would look good.
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TurtleDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
I find myself in agreement with !PotterySub, though it'll be interesting to see what a lighter blue looks like.
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't given up on this idea yet, because I too want to see this piece completed the way I want to see it done. However, I don't see myself doing it in the near future since I have so many things I want to make right now.

But I'm glad that you like this version of it :D
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
The look of real wood throughout is excellent!
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Your work is, as always, amazing. Your teacher must be so honored to have a student like you, and to receive such gifts as these. The fact that you're such a perfectionist with your work is evident; and the results are clearly gems (regardless how hard you are on yourself).
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you Cyrion *blushes*
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samurai-ashes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Dude, it's so... organic. The wood is pretty convincing, and I agree that to blue looks nice.
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
is organic a good thing? ^_^;;;
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samurai-ashes Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
I think it looks good! =D Oh! If I don't call you tomorrow, plz be callin' me? I have a huge favor to ask, for which I may owe you my first born.
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
What was the favor?
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boggart Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Student
Well, I like the color. It provides a nice contrast to the brown. You did a fantastic job making it look like wood. :)
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^

My classmates and professor have had a few conversations about the color of this. Westerners like the blue, however it doesn't work according to Eastern tradition. :P
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gz12wk Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
I think the t pot and tray are fantastic!
and have to agree with the cups. but its more of the shape of them for me that dosent quite work.

ps. I like the darker blue.
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the honesty, I'll keep that in consideration for my next version of this. ;)
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gz12wk Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
cool!
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Alunae Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
OMG so awesome looking!!!
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rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^
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