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Tokoname Rose & Brown Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Hokujo (SHIMIZU Hokujo)
Infuser: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.75″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 11.5 oz / 340 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 classically shaped teapot by the esteemed potter Hokujo features his trademark styles.  The matte finish clay features warm rose and brown tones which wind around the piece in a circular pattering adding depth and richness to the visual appearance.

Hokujo was born in 1945 in Tokoname.   He has been the recipient of numerous awards for ceramics and in 1994 he was certified as a Master of Traditional Craftsman.  In 2013 his status was elevated again to Tokoname City Human Cultural Asset.   He was also presented the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays in 2016.

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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