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In Topic: Learning Reduction In My Conversion Kiln

14 September 2014 - 03:02 PM

Would like to see your kiln and setup.
Aloha, Ken

In Topic: What Makes A Good Mizusashi Good?

02 September 2014 - 10:22 PM

A couple of thoughts............
Make sure that the balance of the lid is such that when it is leaned on the side of the mizusashi in use it will CLEARLY remain in place easily without "fussing".  It shouldn't want to slip, fall over backwards toward the knob, or tend to roll away due to off center weight distribution.
Make sure the top opening will easily accomodate a "standard" chashaku (ladle) at the typical angle that it will hit the form when it is filled with the appropriate level of water.
Make sure it does not LEAK!  (Hagi type glazes on non vitrified bodies can be problematic.)
Depending on the type of Chakai........ it needs to be GRACEFULLY carried into the tearoom full of water and set down.......... watch total weight and the way the top might encourage of inhibit slohing and spilling.

Toshio Ohi San of Japan measured one of my mizusashi opening with his fist.

Aloha, Ken

In Topic: What Makes A Good Mizusashi Good?

21 July 2014 - 01:22 AM

Ken, those are absolutely stunning!  Did you use real urushi for the cover finish?
They have a look that makes me want to open them and look inside.

It's not urushi, it's auto paint. I go thru the process of sealing, priming and spray painting the wood covers. I retired as an auto painter. There are a few more mizusashi pictures in my gallery.
Aloha, Ken

In Topic: What Makes A Good Mizusashi Good?

21 July 2014 - 12:35 AM

I love making a mizusashi. Here are a few. I also made and finished the wood covers.
Aloha, Ken

In Topic: Hakeme Slip Recipe

20 July 2014 - 02:18 AM

My Hakeme brush and results. Brush is made with jute twine. I hot glued a few strands to get the scratching effect.
Aloha, Ken