This expertly crafted small Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) is made from Tokoname kokudei (黒泥) clay, which has the same properties as the iconic red shudei (朱泥) but is fired in reduction producing a deep black. The kyusu is decorated with delicately painted white sakura (cherry blossoms).
The kyusu body in the photograph is decorated with a subtle combed pattern called kushime (櫛目), however: please note! in the most recent batch we received from the kiln, these marks were omitted. The etchings may or may not be on the product you receive.
This kyusu's small size is perfect for solo sencha sessions or extended gong fu brewing.
Its built-in ceramic sasame filter is perfect for naturally straining tea, with a wide shape for faster pouring and less clogging.
This piece was made by the highly-respected Gyokko (玉光) Kiln, manned by the master potters of the Umehara family. As these are handmade pieces, there may be slight variations in the shape and colouration.
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)
6.5cm (2.6in) - height
100ml - capacity
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