Tokoname Mogake ‘Charred’ Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Jin (TANIKAWA Hitoshi)
Infuser: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 4″ tall (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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Teapots by the potter Jin (TANIKAWA Hitoshi) are difficult to come by, but occasionally we get lucky as is the case of this teapot. Jin’s teapots are always something special and his signature style is readily identifiable. This classically shaped ‘charred’ effect teapot is quite intriguing. Jin refers to the darkened surface color of the teapot as being charred or carbonized in the wood-burning kiln.

The teapot has a slightly grainy feel – most likely a result of the heat of the kiln on the type of clay used by Jin to make this teapot – and it is an unusual pewter-grey color. The slightest metallic sheen is detectable on the surfaces. This is a lovely contrast to the slightly coppery color of the mogake patterning draped across the upper half of the teapot.

All of the parts of the teapot are nicely executed. The spout and the handle have the appearance of being stitched-on to the body of the pot, a clever way to make us realize that these pieces have been ‘fused’ one to the other. The overall esthetic of the teapot conveys the drama that occurs between the clay, the kiln and the vision and talent of the potter.

For fans of Jin’s work, take a good look at this teapot!

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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