Japanese Shiboridashi - 谷川仁 Tanikawa Jin - Hidasuki Rice Straw Tokoname-yaki Teapot - 50ml

Japanese Shiboridashi - 谷川仁 Tanikawa Jin - Hidasuki Rice Straw Tokoname-yaki Teapot - 50ml

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This exquisitely crafted Tokoname-yaki shiboridashi (handleless teapot) is made from a light brown clay, decorated with a hidasuki (緋襷) pattern. This traditional decoration is created when the potter wraps rice straw around a piece before placing it into the kiln, where the alkalines in the straw react with iron in the clay body to produce these striking scarlet burn marks. Due to the organic nature of this process, each piece will be unique.

This piece was made by Tanikawa Jin (谷川仁). Born in 1952, Tanikawa-san is known for his work in mogake and hidasuki decorations. As a practitioner of senchadō (煎茶道 - sencha tea ceremony), his wares are designed to be both beautiful and functional.

As these are handmade pieces, there may be slight variations in the shape and colouration.

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

In Japanese, 絞り出し急須 (shiboridashi kyuusu) roughly translates to ""squeeze-pour teapot"", as the design of the teapot allows you to squeeze every last drop of the liquor from the leaves. Similar in construction to a chinese gaiwan, shiboridashi are the simplest type of Japanese teapot, consisting of only a spouted bowl and a lid. Despite this simplicity, shiboridashi are very difficult to make well. Unlike kyusu and houhin, shiboridashi have no filter, instead using the narrow gap between the lid and the body to separate the liquor from the leaves. Additionally, most shiboridashi also have fine grooves carved into the bowl at the spout which helps keep the leaves from being poured out. On most shiboridashi, the lid rests on a lip just like with kyusu and houhin. This means that the gap at the spout remains at a fixed size. However, many high-end, handmade shiboridashi such as this one have no such lip, allowing this gap to be adjusted.

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:

10.5cm (4.1in) - width
5cm (2in) - height
50ml - capacity

Condition: New

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