In the early 20th century, the Mingei Movement heralded a move towards a distinctive ‘folkcraft’ appearance and modest simplicity in everyday pottery items. These items did not try to emulate the rustic styles of Raku, Bizen and Shino pottery, but attempted to elevate the significance of works by everyday potters, whose livelihood was being threatened by the large ceramics manufacturers in Japan. Mashiko pottery gravitated towards simple designs, earthy glazes, and everyday shapes.
This rustic Mashiko teapot is both attractive and versatile. Fully glazed in earthy shades of dark brown with streaks of green-grey, this teapot has an almost aged look to it. It’s as if the dark brown hues have ‘worn away’ over time, revealing the green-grey tones underneath. The generously sized handle make this slightly hefty teapot easy to securely grip. This teapot has holes punched into the inside of the spout area which work well for steeping larger leaf tea. It also comes with a removable stainless steel mesh strainer to use when the tea you are steeping is very finely cut.
Please Note: Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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