Sold Out! NEW! Tokoname Blue-Grey Mogake Teapot

Tokoname Blue-Grey Mogake Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Genzou
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.5″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 7.5 oz / 222 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

This is a classically-shaped teapot crafted from a uniquely hued clay.  The ‘true’ color of the clay used to craft this handsome teapot is hard to capture in photographs. In person, it is primarily a blueish-grey color with some green undertones.  Under strong light sources, the blue tones are quite prominent, while it can appear much more grey in low light conditions.  The surface of this teapot’s body and lid have a softly ridged texture whereas the handle and spout are smooth to the touch.  There is a slight sheen to the clay, although it is not polished.

The dramatic glossy lines on the lid and body of this teapot are known as mogake. Mogake patterns are created by draping long, string-like pieces of seaweed around the unglazed teapot, lid and spout before firing. During firing, the salt in the seaweed reacts with the clay, leaving a distinctive, spidery-thin tracing of color across the surface of the vessel. The duality of the blue/grey tones of the clay and the rust/brown mogake patterning lends an elegant appearance without being fussy.

We only have one of these lovely pots to sell, so act fast!


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