This tall kurodei Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) features a flared rim around the lip and is decorated with columns of engraved cursive calligraphy.
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). It has a ceramic debeso (half-spherical) filter that adds no metallic tastes to the tea.
Stamped Katou (香臣).
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.
13.5cm (5.3in) - width (including handle)
8.5cm (3.3in) - height
230ml - capacity
This vintage Japanese item ships from Thailand
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