Sold Out! Tokoname Dark Brown Mogake Teapot

Tokoname Dark Brown Mogake Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Gyokko
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.5″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 7 oz / 207 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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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.

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.

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