This handmade Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) features a speckled brown exterior and is decorated with painted momiji (Japanese maple) leaves. Though made from the same red clay that Tokoname is famous for, this kyusu has been fired in low oxygen conditions, turning the clay a darker colour.
This teapot has a ceramic 'debeso' filter which means that the tea does not come into contact with metal while it steeps.
Made by Gyokko (玉光) in Tokoname, the high level of craftsmanship can be seen the perfect fit of the lid which reduces the chance of leakage.
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.
13.8cm (5.4in) - width (including handle)
8cm (3.1in) - height
250ml - capacity
Condition: Very good
This vintage item ships from Thailand
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