all this time that i’ve been sharing tea, i’ve been stealthily sharing one of the items that makes for the contemplative approach of tea: the vessel in which it is brewed. the pandemic gave me an opportunity to study tea more deeply and to diversify my tea ware. i have deep appreciation for the craft of ceramics and clay tea has given rise to. this shiboridashi, literally “squeeze pot” is a favorite amongst favorites. crafted by my favorite ceramicist, Petr Novak.
for every tea, there’s a vessel that draws forth the character just so. discovering which is the one is a practice of relating to the tea, the land it comes from, the farmers, master processors and the earth of the ware. shiboridashi is known for Japanese teas, but because this one is nonporous, it works well for most any large leaf tea. it’s basically a bowl, so simply put leaves, water, allow time and pour. if for more than one, share the brew evenly. simple design with texture any kinesthete could love, just holding it creates the conditions for just tea.