When you're sitting in your garden, reading your favorite book and having a cup of tea by yourself, don't you love to pick up an interesting, fanciful teapot? If so, then Aiba has made this teapot just for you. A string of seaweed hangs off the body of the teapot as if it has just emerged from the water, and the handle takes the form of a sea serpent with metallic glaze. The lid has been made in the shape of a Tang Dynasty Chinese boy （唐子）with his hair pulled into two knots. He holds a giant goldfish in his arms, which is an auspicious symbol in Eastern cultures. The fish's eyes are wide open, and the boy's upturned face and half-open mouth suggest that he is about to deliver a message or tell a story, possibly about the watery source of this teapot's imagery.
Artist Aiba Ruiji began his relationship with ceramics as a collector, and has since become a celebrated artist in his own right. He brings his passion for antiquities into his own work through close study of traditional glazes, techniques, forms, and symbols. Here, his glazes are particularly interesting, as he combines cracked cream white, pale rose red, metallic dark silver and pitch antiquarian black. Every detail of the teapot is carefully attended to, and the result is beautiful, whimsical, and fascinating!
AIBA Ruiji 相場るい児 (1964-)
Tea Pot Kid with Fish
H17.6cm x D13.8cm x W7.5cm, H7" x D5.5" x W3"