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Tokoname Low Mogake Teapot C


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Sekiryu
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 2.2″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 3.5 oz / 104 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

This teapot has a matte finish surface with a very subtle texture. The color of the clay used to craft this handsome teapot is hard to capture in photographs. In person, it is primarily a warm rose and brown tone with a significant amount fleck.

The dramatic glossy lines on the lid and body of this teapot are known as mogake. Mogake patterns are 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 a distinctive, spidery-thin tracing of color across the surface of the vessel. The duality of the brown/rose tones of the clay and the rust/red mogake patterning lends an elegant appearance without being fussy.

This teapot is low and wide – we like the large opening in the body of the teapot for easy filling with large leaf tea. A low and wide teapot is an excellent choice for tea enthusiasts looking for an unglazed clay pot to steep all styles of oolong (leafy, semiball-rolled, or strip style) or large-leaf Yunnan dian hong (black tea).

This teapot is a real stunner!


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.

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