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Tokoname Matte Grey Teapot with Cream Bands


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Yutaka Tsuzuki
Infuser: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.75″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 5.5 oz


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.

Yutaka Tsuzuki has given this teapot a shape that is not only sleek and modern, but sturdy and practical as well.  He has expertly placed bands of slip paint around both the base of the teapot and the knob of the teapot’s lid.  The light touch he uses for his brushstrokes create the illusion of multiple banded lines in slightly varying tones.  He adds to this illusion by incising a fine line near the ‘end’ of each band.   These bands compliment and echo the teapot’s circular form.  By slightly flaring the base of the teapot, Yutaka cleverly gives the pot extra stability while softening the pot’s strong cylindrical shape.

Yutaka Tsuzuki was born in 1972 and is the son of the renowned Tokoname potter Seihō Tsuzuki.  Although he initially studied and went to school for interior design, in the mid 1990’s he switched his focus to ceramics.   Yutaka first apprenticed under master Kiyomizu ceramicist Morisato Toraku in Kyoto before returning to Tokoname to study with his father.  He started working independently in 2003 and has won multiple awards.  Much like the work of his father, most of Yutaka Tsuzuki’s pieces are created using fine-grained grey clay and feature minimal, but highly effective embellishments.


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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