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Tokoname Black Fukuro-Cut Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Potter: Yoshiki ( MURATA Yoshiki )
Strainer-style: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paulownia wood box, artist signed and tied with signature ribbons
Height: 3.6″
Functional capacity: 9.5 oz / 266 ml



Tokoname has been a center of ceramic production since the 12th century and is, along with the kilns at Seto, Shigaraki, Echizen, Tanba, and Bizen, one of the oldest pottery production sites in Japan. Fortunately for those of us who are clay collectors, many pottery artisans in Tokoname have been honing their skills from a young age, and have now matured into their role as a clay master.


Tokoname clay is instantly recognizable for its thin body and smooth surfaces, as well as the hardness of the clay. Today, some artists are blending-in a small proportion of other ‘secret ingredient’ clay from protected sources, or adding grit to the clay to achieve a different appearance in some of their teaware. But all of these teawares resonate as Tokoname because of the spirit of the potters and that the overall style of Tokoname prevails.


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This stunning teapot has an organic and rhythmic, hand-hammered effect over the body of the teapot. With each strike of his tool, Yoshiki sets the stage for the two-step firing process that will reveal little slashes of the traditional red-orange Tokoname clay color on the now-exposed surfaces. The lid, spout, and handle feature a clay technique known as tataki, which means ‘knocking on the surface.” This is one of Yashiki’s trademark effects, which is cut with a steady hand and is both elegant and rustic at the same time.

The body of this teapot is suggestive of the shape of a chawan ( matcha drinking bowl ) to me –an association that makes this teapot all the more special. This is truly an elegant teapot made by a master potter.

Please Note:
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.

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