Tokoname Blackened Gold Finish Teapot

$135.00

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Jyunzo Maekawa
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.75″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 10 oz / 296 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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Pictures simply do not do this exquisite teapot justice.  The unique black and gold finish which covers the teapot like a coat of armor glints and glistens in the daylight.  It has wonderful texture which looks quite rough, but feels no more coarse than a fine-grained sandpaper.  We love how the more golden portions of the finish seem to settle into every crevice, especially the ones Maekawa Junzo carved along the pot’s base.

Not only is this teapot a thing of beauty, it is also well crafted.  It has a substantial heft to it without being ‘heavy’ and its lid fits securely.  The opening is spacious enough to accommodate larger leaf tea and to allow for easy filling with water for steeping.

It is, quite possibly, our current favorite teapot in the Tea Trekker collection.

Maekawa Junzo is an extremely talented potter who has won multiple awards and competitions.  He was born in Tokoname but also trained in Kyoto and Seto.

Please Note:
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares 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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