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Tokoname Black Textured Houhin with Red Rim


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Sekiryu
Strainer-style: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.25″
Functional capacity: 5.5 oz / 163 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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Houhins are small teapots without handles. They are easy to hold and are the perfect size for solo tea drinkers. Seikryu has added a little clay spiral to each side of the houhin in the spots where one is intended to pick grasp the vessel. I like the way one’s hand covers the whole vessel – it feels very secure when pouring and the lid stays snugly in place.

Sekriyu runs a tool over the surface of the clay to create an effect that is reminiscent of the appearance of gently weathered wood. The presence of a thin line of red around the rim of the teapot is a simple but elegant touch, and typical of the attention to details that Tokoname potters lavish on their teapots. This houhin has a wide opening – perfect for steeping large leaf oolong teas or Taiwan Baozhong if so desired.

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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