Japanese Kyusu - 小西洋平 Konishi Yohei - Rustic Tokoname-yaki Do-ake Teapot - 350ml

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This unique nasu-gata Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) is made from unglazed stoneware, which shows off the beautiful colour gradients left by the wood-firing process. These gradients along with the rough unglazed surface give the teapot a rustic and earthy feel. Its concave lid has a loop-style handle which is uncommon for Tokoname teapots. It has a simple ceramic do-ake style filter which adds no metallic tastes to the tea.

This teapot was made by famed Tokoname craftsman Konishi Yohei (小西洋平). Konishi-san has been working in ceramics since he graduated from Tokoname High School in 1959 and has since gone on to win numerous awards and has been named a human cultural asset.

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)
10.5cm (4.1in) - height
350ml - capacity

Condition: Very good (has the slightest chip on the spout)

This vintage item ships from Thailand

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