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Tokoname Japanese Tea Instructor Association Teapot – large


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Made in Tokoname, Japan


Kiln: Takasuke Kiln
Strainer-style: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.5″
Functional capacity: 8 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.


img-more_tok_clean Learn more about Tokoname clay teapots

I was served tea in these eye-catching teapots when I visited Japan in November of 2012. When I inquired about these teapots, I learned that they are recommended by the Japanese Tea Instructor Association and are the teapot of choice for many tea professionals who teach the art of steeping sencha (leaf tea).

The teapots are simple and straightforward, and made in several popular sizes to accommodate Sencha, Gyokuro and other Japanese green teas. This size, the large, is wonderful for several people and for group tasting sessions.

The color is a striking caramel-yellow color with a satin-smooth eggshell finish (slight sheen) that blends well with other teawares and teacups. The clay strainers are super-fine (so depending on the size of the leaf that you are steeping, you may not need to use the separate, hand-held, fine-mesh stainless steel strainer that is traditionally used with most Japanese teapots); the teapot balance is good; the ‘pour’ is excellent; and the teapots feel very comfortable in the hand. The price is reasonable, too, for those who want to purchase more than one size.

Mary Lou, Autumn 2014

The exact color of these teapots does vary and yellow is a tricky color for most computer monitors and mobile devices. While the images are good for scale, detail, and proportion, the color of the pot(s) that you receive will likely be lighter or darker than those in the pictures here on our website. As with butter, which is a similar color, it is a beautiful neutral color, but difficult to photograph!

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