Japanese Kyusu - 村田益規 Murata Yoshiki - Black Red Yōhen Tokoname-yaki Teapot - 230ml

Japanese Kyusu - 村田益規 Murata Yoshiki - Black Red Yōhen Tokoname-yaki Teapot - 230ml

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This exquisitely crafted Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) has a unique shape and is made from the iconic Tokoname shudei (朱泥) clay, known for its brilliant red colour and ability to subtly reduce the astringency of tea. This pot has a striking yōhen (窯変) gradient from a rich red to a deep black, created by a second reduction firing in which the pot is half covered in rice husks.

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. To further show off the handmade nature of the teapot, the joins between the handle, spout, and body are left unsmoothed, showing where the potter's fingers blended the pieces together. The teapot's built-in ceramic debeso filter is perfect for naturally straining tea.

The kyusu comes in its original kiribako (桐箱 - paulownia wood box) signed and sealed by the artist.

This kyusu was made by Murata Yoshiki (村田益規). Born in 1950, Yoshiki reigns as one of Tokoname's most technically and artistically skilled kyusu craftsman and is known for his inventive and bold shapes, striking yōhen, and unique surface finishes.

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.

Dimensions:

15cm (5.9in) - width (including handle)
6.5cm (2.6in) - height
230ml - capacity

Condition: New

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