Japanese Kyusu - 昭龍 Shoryu - Black Kurodei Tokoname-yaki Sasame Teapot - 330ml

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This black kurodei Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) is decorated with red camellias and features a fine 'sasame' filter. Wider than the more traditional debeso (half-spherical) filters, the sasame-style allows for faster pouring and less clogging, while still being made of clay and thus ensuring that no metal comes into contact with the tea. Made by famed Tokoname potter Shoryu (昭龍).

Born in 1945, Umehara Shoji goes by the alias Shoryu and is one of the sons and students of famed Tokoname potter Hokuryu 北龍. Shoryu has been crafting teapots for 61 years and in 2018, he received The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays from the Japanese government for his dedication and contributions to the Japanese traditional crafts

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.


16.2cm (6.4in) - width (including handle)
8cm (3.1in) - height
330ml - capacity

Condition: Very good

This vintage item ships from Thailand

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