This handsome teapot showcases a pleasant juxtaposition of elements. The shape is classically Western, while the primary decorative details are much more Asian. The potter has embellished the “front” of this teapot with multiple stamped floral patterns. Similar floral stamps adorn a variety of Japanese ceramic vessels, especially teawares. This stamped patterning runs in an almost perfectly straight line from the top of the lid to the base of the pot. Grey-blue and dark brown glazes cover the recessed portions of the stamps, highlighting each petal-like detail and contrasting nicely with the cream color of the teapot’s body. The potter has also applied a single, stamped medallion within the upper portion of this pattern, creating a strong focal point and adding dimension to the overall design.
We were drawn to this teapot in part because it features a Western-style C- handle rather than the usual Japanese side handle. We like to have a teapot or two with this handle choice for our teawares customers who want a Japanese-made teapot that is made with Japanese clay and aesthetics but which features a Western-style handle for familiarity.
Although the body of this teapot is fully glazed, the sasame filter has been left unglazed – so reserve this teapot for plain, not flavored, tea.
Yutaka Tsuzuki was born in 1972 and is the son of the renowned Tokoname potter Seihō Tsuzuki. Although he initially studied and went to school for interior design, in the mid 1990’s he switched his focus to ceramics. Yutaka first apprenticed under master Kiyomizu ceramicist Morisato Toraku in Kyoto before returning to Tokoname to study with his father. He started working independently in 2003 and has won multiple awards. Much like the work of his father, most of Yutaka Tsuzuki’s pieces are created using fine-grained clay and feature minimal, but highly effective embellishments.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares 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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