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Tokoname Round Black & Plum-Colored Yohen Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Yokei ( MIZUNO Yokei )
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Palownia box, artist signed
Height: 3.25″
Functional capacity: 10 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.


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 elegant teapot has a slightly raised, weathered-wood-like texture, and a slight metallic sheen. The sheen flirts nicely with the light and gives the teapot a bit of a dressy appearance. Yokei has given this teapot a delicate, smooth, stand-up collar that cradles the lid perfectly (no wiggle or play!)

Yokei has created a teapot with a fine example of yohen, a natural finish or effect that was created in a wood burning kiln over the course of two firings. The artist achieved this finish by controlling the placement of the teapot in relation to the heat and flame inside of his kiln, and by covering the teapot in rice husks to attract the fame to leave signature marks.

The color tonality of this lovely teapot is dramatic and it changes from top to bottom. The top half of the teapot is dark; the bottom is a stunning plum-turning-to-russet-brown color. All over the surface of the teapot there is just a touch of shimmer depending upon how you hold it. This teapot features a gauzy color shift from top to bottom that is dificult to delineate with the eye.

This teapot has a strong, confident presence, and it is a lovely marriage of traditional design with contemporary interpretation: the results are unique each time Yokei fires a teapot and cannot be duplicated exactly from teapot to teapot. Yokei is a highly regarded teapot craftsman. He began to study teapot making under his father Keikan (MIZUNO Keikan) in 1976 and has been making teapots on his own since 1978.

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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