Tokoname Teapots from Japan
Tea Trekker has the finest and most extensive selection of Tokoname teapots outside of Japan !
Simple, appealing shapes. Visually arresting kiln effects. Lovely, graceful proportions. Unglazed surfaces. Thin-walled sides. Controlled, drip-free pouring. Comfortable handles.
These details of craftsmanship are the hallmark of Tokoname pottery. Since the Edo Period ( 1603-1867) Tokoname has been a famous pottery center for high-quality, artistic pottery. Today, contemporary master craftsmen continually stretch their skills in new directions as they carry on traditional practices while embracing new ideas and designs. Experienced potters mix their own clays to achieve different aesthetics and textures.
So, it is possible today to find these teapots in a range of clays from fine-grained and iron-rich and dark in color to slightly grainy and grey or tan in color. But no matter what clay is used Tokoname teapots are instantly recognizable as Tokoname from their thin vessel walls; exquisite, fine detail work on lids, spouts and handles; decorative techniques and perfect balance.
Tokoname teapots are collected as works of art or treasured as superb tea steeping vessels by enthusiasts around the world.
All of our Tokoname teapots are fit with a built-in clay strainer to prevent the tea leaves from entering your teacup. These are made from clay, and will be either the sasame or a ball-strainer style, depending on the preference of the potter. The style is listed for each teapot.
sasame strainer (left), ball-strainer style (right)