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Tokoname Light Grey Yohen Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Jinshu ( ITO Seiji )
Infuser: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.6″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 8 oz / 237 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 un-glazed and was fired at a high temperature. It radiates a strong yet soft presence, and is a lovely marriage of traditional shape with contemporary interpretation. Every detail of this teapot is extremely well rendered by Jinshu who is in full command of his potting skills.

The surface of the teapot has a smooth, fine-textured, matte or sueded finish, and the clay features many small black speckles. There is some color flashing (yohen) on the teapot which has been contributed by the wood kiln from the placement of the teapot in relation to flame.

The colors on this teapot are delicate greys, pinks, and tan. The overall feeling of this teapot is soothing and the impression is elegant – it is a classic and stylish Jinshu 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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