This black kurodei Tokoname-yaki chaho (a type of handleless teapot) features subtle geometric decorations.
Though made from the same red clay that Tokoname is famous for, this teapot has been fired in low oxygen conditions, turning the clay a darker colour (though the original red of the clay can be seen on some edges, accenting the black).
The chaho (茶逢, sometimes transcribed as chahou) is a variation on the shiboridashi and is a relatively new style of teapot. It combines the simplicity and ease of cleaning of a shiboridashi or houhin, with the filtering power of a kyusu. Attached to the underside of the lit, it has a sasame-style ceramic filter which adds no metallic tastes to the tea. Having the filter here makes it easier to drain out every last drop of tea by turning the whole teapot almost upside down.
This chaho was made by Uemura Hiroyuki of Sekiryu kiln (Stamped Sekiryu, 石龍).
Tokoname-yaki (常滑焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that traditionally comes from Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The site of one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, pottery has been made in Tokoname since the 12th century.
Today, Tokoname ware is known for its iconic brick-red clay called shudei. Famously used in teaware and bonsai pots, this clay’s vibrant colour comes from its rich iron content. Tea steeped in unglazed Tokoname teapots is said to have a mellower taste.
9.5cm (3.7in) - width
10.4cm (4.1in) - height
300ml - capacity
Condition: Very good
This vintage item ships from Thailand
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