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Tokoname Cylindrical Black & Red Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Gyokko
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.8″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 7 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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This charming teapot by Gyokko has a classic Tokoname appearance – black with patches of red-orange that seem to float across the surface. This effect,  known as yohen, is achieved by placing the vessel in the kiln twice – once in an oxidizing kiln and once in a reducing kiln. These two conditions within the kiln develop the red and the black parts of the teapot. The cylindrical body of this teapot tapers ever so slightly towards the top, complimenting the kiln effects and giving the teapot a beautiful profile.  Fine concentric lines circle the body of the teapot adding dimension and giving the teapot a softly textured feel.

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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