Tokoname Teapot with Blue Cornflowers


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Soukou (retired)
Infuser: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.5 ”
Functional capacity: 8 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.


img-more_tok_clean Learn more about Tokoname clay teapots

For years, whenever I happened to see an image of a teapot made by the esteened potter Soukou, I would feel a pang of lust for it.

Soukou (Umehara Souhei) has now retired, and several of his teapots have come our way. Which means the time has come to claim the teapots of his that are still for sale before they disappear from the marketplace. Soukou’s teapots remind me of the teapots that we have from Gyokudo: precise, fine work that is extremely detailed  The surfaces of the teapots are burnished to a very high polish and the clay in the teapots has been worked to a very fine and elegant thin-ness.

The body of the teapot has a raised, roughed-up texture that is in sharp contract to the glass-smooth lid, handle and spout. A small detail but a most effective one. Soukou’s teapots feature simple, uncomplicated designs of flowers expressed in colors that conveys the joy of nature and brings the natural world to the tea table. The flowers are nicely framed by two panels that suggest a scene from a Japanese fan or screen.

Please Note:
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares 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