Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My First Petr Novak Teacup

I've obsessed over the work of Czech potter Petr Novak for quite some time but I only just recently made the jump to purchase something. Czech based tea retailer Klasek Tea lists some of his pieces from time to time and when I saw this cup, I just had to have it. The size is just right, not too big and not too small. An important factor for teaware for me is how it feels in the hand and when you take a sip. In both cases this cup is perfection for me. It's a very tactile piece and I love the smooth but rough texture. It reminds me a bit of some of my hagi yaki pieces in some ways. My thumb has a habit of resting on the unglazed white patches. I haven't seen much work like this but apparently it was inspired by Korean Bun-cheong. There's a very interesting blog post on Klasek Tea's website that explains the history of this production method.

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