Tokoname Faceted Black, Green & Red Nerikomi Teapot


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Made in  Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Craftsman: Yasutomo
Infuser: Obi-ami style stainless steel mesh filter
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.3″ (to top of lid)
Functional Capacity: 12 oz / 355 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

Nerikomi is a stunning technique that involves multiple layers of variously-colored clay – it is a classic Tokoname technique that produces a very dramatic effect. To achieve this the potter skillfully makes angle-cuts into the body of the piece and removes small slices of clay. This reveals a marbleized pattern that is unique to each piece. This teapot features a wonderful and harmonious swirl of red, green, grey and black clay. The marbleized pattern created by the large, flat cuts on the lid and body of the teapot contrast nicely with the the uncut, swirled clay on the teapot’s spout and handle.

A obi-ami style stainless steel screen filter surrounds the interior of the pot and is perfect for filtering out the fine particles of all types of steeped tea. Teapots with obi-ami style filters also have a smooth and fast pour.

This is a lovely teapot in an unusually generous size that is sure to bring much enjoyment to your tea table.

Please Note: Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares 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