This small tea pot [Jap: kyūsu] with a painted sometsuke sakura motif has a handle made from a wisteria vine. Maker: Kensuke Aoyama. English site here. Kensuke Aoyama is the son of master Sokei Aoyama. Kiln: Kusanokashiragama, Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture. Available for sale from Kusanokashiragama (see “About the Kiln” below).
About Kusanokashiragama Kiln
“Our base stoneware material is mainly made from Kibushi clay in our area” says Master Sokei Aoyama. “We dig at Mt. Urayama for the raw material for Oni-ita iron powder. We mix it with cobalt oxide to make Yamagosu paint. Drawing inspiration from the animals and plants around us, we paint our porcelain to produce the final product - Mino Kosometsuke. As you can see, it is produced wholly from local materials.”