This extraordinarily beautiful ‘Full’ teapot is connected to nature in both its materiality and its concept, taking inspiration from the moon. It is hand-thrown from stoneware clay from South Australia, which has its soft colour and roughness from the earth, whilst the wooden handles are crafted from bone-dry wood found in eucalyptus forests and provided by Eugene Howard. Yoko Ozawa uses a glaze made of yellow box ash (eucalyptus) from from her own fireplace which gives the tea pot its warm tone.
Yoko is interested in the interplay of perfection and imperfection and the natural and organic aspects of the teapot are set in juxtaposition with its spherical form, which is as close to a perfect sphere as possible. This teapot is a timeless statement piece that evokes nature and attests to the unique skill of Yoko Ozawa.
The series of teapots 'Full' is inspired by the waxing of the moon. The spherical form is full of possibility and meaning, not simply 'nothingness'. The rich ambiguous nature of this interior space relates closely to the concept of Yohaku; the contemplation of which results in an enhanced apprehension of the world and our own mind. The New series of 'Full - Yoake' (dawn) holds bright hopes inside, anticipating perhaps the coming of dawn after the pandemic.
Dimensions: H-14.5 cm (excluding handle) 19.5 cm (including handle) x W-18 cm
As all products are handmade, sizes and colour may vary slightly.
Fully functional and water-tight. Body of the teapot and wood handles can be wiped clean carefully. The Eucalyptus handles contains oil and so will not rot.
Yoko Ozawa is a Japanese ceramist, based in Melbourne, who has been working with clay for 15 years. Her interest in the natural world informs works that are simultaneously functional and sculptural. Yoko often manipulates natural phenomena into ceramic form, drawing on the Australian landscape and the Japanese countryside, the seasons and the weather.
Yoko's work is informed by the Japanese notion of Yohaku, which is concerned with blank space and ‘in-between spaces.’ It was through studying Japanese painting that Yoko was introduced to the concept of Yohaku, which enables a deeper consciousness of mind and our surroundings.