This uniquely crafted Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) is thrown from a yellow Tokoname clay, which fades into black-green due to yōhen (窯変) firing. The kyusu is further decorated with an intricate web of fine mogake (藻掛 - seaweed wrapping) patterns.
As the name suggests, this traditional Tokoname technique that dates back to the Edo period is achieved by wrapping each piece with amamo seaweed before firing. In the kiln, the seaweed burns off, leaving its carbonised silhouette draped across pot. The surface is unpolished and unsmoothed, in a style called sujihiki (筋引) which is a subtler variation of rokurome (ろくろ目 - potters' wheel marks) which shows the flow of the potter's fingers as they shaped the piece on the wheel.
The teapot's built-in ceramic filter is perfect for naturally straining tea.
This piece was made by Hakusan (白山). 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.
13.6cm (5.4in) - width (including handle)
7.5cm (3in) - height
230ml - capacity
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