Tokoname Yoshiki Low Black Fukuro-Cut Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay interior
Potter: Yoshiki ( MURATA Yoshiki )
Infuser: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 2.25″
Functional Capacity: 3 oz / 89 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 teapot is a striking contract in texture and visual design. If this object were not a teapot, one might think that it were made of stone or metal or leather rather than finely tooled Tokoname clay. Yoshiki has covered some of the surface with his fukuro cuts (in red) while the remainder has been treated with his tataki ( knocking) technique. The design of the lid is suggestive of fluid yin & yang pattern – the two sections line up perfectly with the design counterparts on the body of the teapot. Two passes thru his kiln create both the black and the red colors. These two alternating design elements create a bold, confident statement – like most of Yoshiki’s teapots, it is very masculine in vibe. And a bit reptilian, too. This teapot is low and sleek and the perfect size for Gyokuro and premium Sencha.

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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.

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