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Tokoname Black & White with Colorful Dots Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Syoho
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 4.5 oz / 133 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.


img-more_tok_clean Learn more about Tokoname clay teapots

While we love and admire the look of traditional Tokoname teapots, we also appreciate the fun and whimsy of some of the more modern designs.  There is something joyous about this teapot.  It might be the strings of multicolored metallic carved dots that run across the pot’s lid and continue down its body.  Or perhaps it’s the contrast between the smooth black clay and the textured, fresh-off-the-paint-roller look of the creamy white coating on the pot’s upper half?

Although it may be playful in appearance, this teapot maintains the quality and performance of its more ‘serious’ kin.   The low, wide-belly shape gives the teapot good balance in pouring, the lid fits perfectly with no wiggle or play, and the handle is comfortable to hold.

With a color scheme that compliments a multitude of other teawares, and of a quality build, this teapot would make a wonderful gift for both a tea enthusiast or ceramics admirer.

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?

img-more_tok_clean How to Clean a Tokoname Teapot

img-more_capacity How We Determine the Size & Capacity of our Teawares