This delightful nasu-gata Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) is made from ryokudei (緑泥), which is a type of Tokoname clay that turns green when fired, due to added cobalt. This soft green clay is accented by a patch of red, white, and yellow nerikomi clay.
The nerikomi technique (練り込み) involves layering multiple coloured clays and kneading them together to produce an agate-like marbling effect. This teapot has a ceramic debeso-style (half-spherical) filter that adds no metallic tastes to the tea.
This piece was made by the highly-respected Gyokko (玉光) Kiln, manned by the master potters of the Umehara family.
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.
12.8cm (5in) - width (including handle)
7.6cm (3in) - height
200ml - capacity
This vintage item ships from Thailand
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