Our Tokoname Black Hachijyuhachiya teapot is elegant and very understated. Some simple scalloping around the rim and a few shallow ridges on the lid and body serve as its only decoration, showing that beauty is not always about complicated technique.
This teapot is has a low and wide shape. The large opening in the body of the teapot makes it both easy to fill with leaf and to clean. A low and wide teapot is an excellent choice for tea enthusiasts looking for a clay pot to steep not only Japanese green tea, but also all styles of oolong (leafy, semiball-rolled, or strip style) or large-leaf Yunnan dian hong (black tea). Because the interior of the pot is unglazed it must be recommended that this pot be delegated to use for one type of tea – either green, or dark oolong, or dian hong…for instance. Over years of use the clay will absorb a small amount of residual flavor and will likely affect the steeped liquid if the pot is then used to steep a different type of tea.
The pot has a unique 88 hole strainer and open spout giving it a very quick pour, similar to a houhin. The lid fits securely in the pot and sits atop the back of the filter, assuring that no leaf will bypass the filter. Its side handle is well proportioned and easy to grasp and pour with, leaving one’s left hand available to press the lid.
All in all a great pot that would be both a lovely and practical addition to your teaware collection.
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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