Tokoname Black Hachijyuhachiya Teapot

Tokoname Black Hachijyuhachiya Teapot

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Infuser: 88 hand-punched holes
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 5 oz / 148 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 insure that the overall style of Tokoname prevails.

 

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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.

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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