Tokoname Low & Wide Red & Black Teapot – Spots


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Craftsman: Kouji ( IWASE Kouji )
Kiln: Saimidou-gama
Strainer-style: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Palownia box, artist signed
Height: 3″ tall (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 6.5 oz / 177 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 charming teapot by Kouji has a classic Tokoname appearance – black with cloud-like patches of red floating across the surface. This effect is achieved by placing the vessel in the kiln twice – once in an oxidizing kiln and once in a reducing kiln.

These two conditions within the kiln develop the red and the black parts of the teapot. 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 a tea enthusiast who is looking for an unglazed clay pot to steep all styles of oolongs ( leafy, semiball-rolled, strip style ) or large-leaf Yunnan dian hong ( black tea).

**We are offering this teapot at a discounted price due to the presence of several, ‘fingertip-like-impression’ spots near the spout (see photos). We believe that these occurred when the pot was being placed in the kiln for one of its two firings and could not be buffed out by the potter post-firing. They will not affect the functionality of the pot and add a certain one-of-a-kind, ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the provenance of the teapot. If you anticipate that these might be apt to bother you over time, then please do not purchase this teapot. If however you find them charming and personalizing, then this pot is for you! As is true for the few other discounted items on, this pot is neither returnable nor exchangeable.**

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?

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