This teapot is a rich, chocolate-y shade of brown and features a dense mogake pattern. This pattern is 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 distinctive lines across the surface. Mogake is one of the more fascinating decorative techniques used by Tokoname potters.
Gyokko has given this teapot well balanced proportions and some nice touches. The surface is smooth, with an almost semi-gloss finish. The lid sits tight and secure on the teapot’s perfectly-recessed gallery rim. The lid’s knob is well sized and easy to grab. An altogether handsome and well-constructed teapot.
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.
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