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Tokoname Metallic Glaze Teapot with Incised Lines


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Un-glazed clay interior
Ceramics studio: Isshin
Strainer-style: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.75″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 9 oz / 266 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 Tokoname teapot has a pleasant color and a soft metallic sheen.  The pot’s exterior is coated in a difficult-to-pin-down color that is a mixture of purple, brown and grey tones, while the pot’s interior shows off the warm rose and brown tones of the un-glazed clay.  A series of combed lines decorate the pot’s body and lid.  Although the lines on the body and lid do not ‘match up’, the potter has cleverly spaced them in a way that tricks the eye into thinking they do.  This spacing makes it look as though the lines emanate from the lid’s wonderfully-shaped knob and cascade down the sides of the pot.   Expressive splashes and drips of glossy black glaze across the lid, handle and body break up the otherwise linear decoration.

This is a very sturdy teapot that has a nice heft.  It has a wide opening, making it a great choice for steeping large leaf oolongs and China green teas, or light and voluminous China white teas.


Please Note:
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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