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Tokoname Shudei Teaset #2


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Fugetsu (MURAKOSHI Fugetsu)
Infuser: 45 hand-punched holes
Packaging: Paulownia wood box with sliding top
Height: Teapot – 2.75″ tall; Teacups – 2″ tall
Functional capacity:  Teapot – 6oz ; Teacups – 1.8 oz
Set includes: Teapot, Yuzamashi ( water cooling pitcher ) and 5 Teacups

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 peaceful and graceful teaset has everything you need to set a traditional Japanese tea table for steeping Japanese green tea – a stunning teapot, the yuzamushi (water cooling pitcher) and 5 teacups.

MURAKOSHI Fugetsu served as an apprentice to YAMADA Jozan III, who as designated a National Living Treasure in Japan in 1988. Since that time, he has perfected his unique style of teapot design and we are always delighted when one of his teapots comes our way.

Fugetsu’s style is soft and playful. He works his clay in bands that give his teapots ‘movement’. His handles are large and comfortable for western hands to hold. His teapots are often made in all black or red, leaving the shape and texture of the clay to create the design. This is his focal point, not color or accentuation from other pottery making techniques.

So, we are thrilled to have this wonderful teaset from Fugetsu, one of our favorite Tokoname potters. For this set he used a classic red-orange shudei clay, an iron-rich red clay found in the Tokoname area. Fugetsu has given this teapot a traditional shape that is neat and crisp.  The spout and the handle have been given a a stitched-on look, which creates a strong design element for the eye to admire.  Fugestsu has hand signed the teapot underneath the handle.  To the right of his signature, he has left several finger or palm prints, which add to the pot’s uniqueness.

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?

img-more_tok_clean How to Clean a Tokoname Teapot

img-more_capacity How We Determine the Size & Capacity of our Teawares