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Tokoname Black Teapot with Nailhead Design


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Sekisui INABA
Strainer: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 2.9″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 6 oz / 175 ml


Tokoname has been a center of ceramic production since the 12th century and is, along with the kilns at Seto, Shigaraki, Echizen, Tanba, and Bizen, one of the oldest pottery production sites in Japan. Fortunately for those of us who are clay collectors, many pottery artisans in Tokoname have been honing their skills from a young age, and have now matured into their role as a clay master.


Tokoname clay is instantly recognizable for its thin body and smooth surfaces, as well as the hardness of the clay. Today, some artists are blending-in a small proportion of other ‘secret ingredient’ clay from protected sources, or adding grit to the clay to achieve a different appearance in some of their teaware. But all of these teawares resonate as Tokoname because of the spirit of the potters and that the overall style of Tokoname prevails.


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Measuring in at 4 inches across, this adorable teapot is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet, due to its bulbous shape, boasts a functional capacity of 6 oz.  The reddish-brown, raised “dots” or hobnail pattern that cover the body of this pot stand out wonderfully against the matte black color of the  teapot’s body.  Although it may appear to be painted on, the red-brown color is actually the natural color of the unfired clay.  The dark black color present on the the majority of the pot is a result of the firing process.  After Sekisui fired this teapot, he scraped away and polished the surface of the hobnail pattern to reveal the lovely natural color of the clay.  In creating this wonderful teapot, Sekisui seems to have drawn inspiration from traditional Japanese cast iron teapots and kettles.  Many cast iron teapots feature similar body shapes and decorations.

The walls of this teapot are substantial and the teapot has a nice heft to it.   The spout and the handle have the appearance of being ‘stitched’ onto the body of the pot, a clever way to make us realize that these pieces have been “fused” one to the other.   On the lid, Sekisui has twisted a small strip of clay into a distinctive and easy-to-grasp ‘loop’ handle.  These small touches combine to create quite an exceptional teapot.

Please Note:
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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