Tokoname Black Teapot with Vertical Lines (Hokuryu)


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Hokuryu Tatsuo
Kiln: Hokuryu Kiln
Infuser: Clay sasame
Packaging: artist signed wooden box
Height: 3.5″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 8 oz


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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Hokuryu has created a lovely, low-sided teapot with a wide opening that is perfect for large hands to add or remove tea leaf or for steeping large-leaf oolongs.

The classic black finish has a high shine. The lid is comprised of small cuts that create a rhythm, and simple, vertical hand-drawn lines break the background pattern of finely chiseled cuts on the body of the teapot. Both design elements are the only embellishment given. The knob, handle and teapot spout are smooth and plain.

This teapot is pure and simple and a bit old-style Japanese in feeling.

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.

Want to know more?

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