Tokoname Low Yohen Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Kouji ( IWASE Kouji )
Infuser: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 2.5″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 4 oz / 118 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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Koji’s Low Yohen Teapot is a wonderful example of the powerful nature of simplicity of form, shape and color.   This clay pot is a lovely shade of light grey and features some wonderful flashing of tan/pinkish-orange and dark grey colors on its lower portion.   These color changes occur naturally in the kiln when the surface of the clay reacts with the heat of the flame – and the effects will vary some, from piece to piece.

The lid fits as perfectly as a lid can fit (no wiggle or play!) and has a flattened knob, making it easy to hold down with your finger while pouring.  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).

Koji Iwase was born in 1946 and trained in both Tokoname and Kyoto.  He has won multiple awards for his ceramics and is a certified Tokoname craftsman.

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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