Japanese Tea Set - Wood-fired Bizen-yaki Do-ake Houhin Teapot with Katakuchi Yuzamashi Water Cooler

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This Bizen-yaki houhin (handleless teapot) and matching handleless yuzamashi (water cooler, sometimes called a katakuchi) feature a rough earthen appearance and patches of ash glaze: results of being fired in a wood-fired kiln.

Like most houhin, it has a wide, triangular open spout which allows for fast pouring, a simple ceramic do-ake filter which lends no metallic taste to the tea, and a wide opening which allows for easy viewing of the tea leaves and easy cleaning. This houhin also has small protrusions on either side which make it easy to grip while pouring tea.

Bizen-yaki (備前焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that traditionally comes from Bizen province, now part of Okayama prefecture, Japan. The site of one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, pottery has been made in Bizen since at least the 14th century.

Fired at high temperature for a long time (as long as 14 days) in wood-burning kilns, Bizen ware is known for its earthen colours and lack of traditional glaze. Because of the clay’s high rate of shrinkage, it is unsuitable for glazing. Instead, the designs found on Bizen ware come from kiln effects and include traces of molten ash resembling glaze and markings resulting from wood-burning kiln firing.


10.5cm (4.1in) - width
8.2cm (3.2in) - height
330ml - capacity

Water Cooler:
9.9cm (3.9in) - width
4.9cm (1.9in) - height
330ml - capacity

Condition: Very good

This vintage item ships from Thailand

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