Tokoname Wood Fired Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Kazufusa Kato
Infuser: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.25″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 7.5 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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Kazufusa Kato has created a stylishly-shaped teapot with many glorious kiln markings (yohen, or ‘kiln effects’).  The finish on the pot is slightly glossy which was created entirely by the forces of wood and fire in his wood-burning kiln.  The kiln blessed this particular teapot with three wonderful ash glaze ‘flashes’ that range in color from dark to pale grey and are surrounded by bursts of orangish-brown color.  The rich, brownish-grey tones of the clay provide the perfect complement to the colors of the yohen.  On the lid, Kazufusa Kato has added a punched-out design that resembles a tiny cluster of grapes with a stem. The design allows steam from the steeping tea to escape while adding a clever design element to the teapot. All in all, this one-of-a-kind teapot is a stunning selection.

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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