Tokoname Low Teapot with Insiced Flowrs on Lid

Tokoname Low Teapot with Incised Floral Design


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Keiichiro Watanabe
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 2.75″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 5 oz / 148 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 remarkable teapot is crafted from a soft rich brown-grey colored clay and has a slight metallic shimmer.  The surface of the clay has a wonderful feel to it, similar to that of a well-weathered stone.   There is a small glossy patch on the body and lid (which is likely a kiln effect or a bit of applied glaze) which works well in contrast to the matte finish present on the majority of the pot.  The pot’s low, domed shape gives it an appealing silhouette.  Its shape also allows for a large opening, which makes for easy filling with large leaf tea.  This is also a very sturdy teapot that has a nice heft.

The teapot’s most eye-catching feature is the beautifully-balanced, incised floral design on the lid.  Keiichiro Watanabe’s placement of the flowers both highlights the curvature of the pot and brings balance to the overall design.

Born in 1959, Keiichiro Watanabe is a skilled and innovative potter whose work was featured at the 1987 World Design Expo.  In addition to being a highly skilled potter, Keiichiro Watanabe is also a musician and composer.  He specializes in playing the recorder and has combined his musical and pottery skills to create his own unique ceramic recorder.


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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