Sunday, August 31, 2008


I'm standing in my kitchen right now with a very puzzled look on my face, and I'll tell you why.

Some months ago, I was cleaning out my kyusu. I boiled it in water with tealeaves and the boil got little out of control. Anyhow, I came in just in time to hear the boiling water smash the kyusu into the pot it was sitting in, making a very distinctive cracking sound. I cooled the water, pulled out my kyusu, only to find a nice giant crack along the inside of the pot. I was terribly disappointed that day, and have since only brewed whites in it because I was afraid to expose it to higher temperatures. I showed this crack to several of my friends, and they all shared in my dismay, which is why I'm standing here with a very puzzled look on my face.

The crack is gone.

I spent fifteen minutes looking over the surface of the pot and now there is nothing. Impossible, I know, but it's a hand made pot. Markings would be impossible to duplicate. It's definitely the same teapot. Not sure how, but I'll chalk it up to a little bit of magic.

Today is a very fine day indeed.


Melville said...'re on crack?

Bill said...

could be from the clay expanding under heat and then retracting when cooled. Your guess is as good as mine!

Jamus said...


I initially had the same thought, but then I looked at it again when cooled and saw nothing. I'm stumped.