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Tokoname Kyu Red & Black Tochiri Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay interior
Potter: not identified
Infuser: stainless steel mesh
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.2″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 6.5 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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Straightforward yet fashionable, this well-made teapot is great for steeping Sencha, Gyokuro and other Japanese green teas. The teapot’s striking orange-brown clay body is accentuated with black, and is decorated with a simple ‘chattering mark’ pattern known as tochiri. The stainless steel mesh strainer is very fine, the teapot balance is good, and the teapot feels very comfortable in the hand.

Please Note:
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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