We recommend pairing this with the Braced Kyusu Tea Bowls(27).
This beautifully built Kyusu teapot is crafted by artists Popalini & Jezando, using Cornish stoneware. The form has an iron wash, with subtle surface detailing such as ridges on the exterior and a light texturing. The long handle is a common attribute of Kyusu teapots, traditionally used to brew Japanese tea. The exquisite functional form is wood fired with soda for roughly 40 hours. The soda normally hits the pots on one side, which is the desired effect for artists Popalini & Jezando who favour working with local and natural materials.
About the Artist:
Working together under the name Popalini & Jezando, Pop Wilkinson and Jez Anderson make collaboratively designed pots, with a particular focus on teaware. They take influence from the traditional pottery of North Devon, which is where they are both from, and also from the subtle understated forms they admired whilst researching wood-firing in Japan.
The often angular forms of their pots are contrasted with soft tactile elements that together celebrate the materiality of clay while at the same time pairing technical complexity with visual simplicity and function. Within their process Popalini & Jezando exploit elemental methods such as wood-firing and the use of ash glazes and wild clays to imbue their contemporary forms with an ancient, earthy quality.