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Tokoname C- Handle Beanpot Shaped Teapot #2

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Made in Tokoname Japan
Un-glazed clay interior
Wood-fired in an anagama kiln

 

Potter: Tanikawa Katsuaki
Strainer-style: Clay ball-strainer
Packaging: Paulownia wood box, artist signed
Height: 4.1″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 7 oz / 207 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.

 

img-more_tok_clean Learn more about Tokoname clay teapots

Teapot collectors take note of this teapot. This is the last piece of several of these that we sourced. (see note below)

Tanikawa Katsuaki is a luminary in the world of Tokoname teawares. Born in 1951, he is highly skilled and turns out well-crafted, gracefully, and pleasingly thin-walled teapots.

He fires his pots in a wood-fired anagama kiln only once-a-year, so we are thrilled to have a few choice pieces of his work. Tanikawa Katsuaki achieves glorious yohen effects from the fire in the kiln such as scorch marks, flashing, and fly-ash glazes. These distinctive patterns give his teapots a unique appearance and makes them each truly a one-of-a-kind item.

We selected this teapot because it features a Western-style ‘C- handle’ rather than the usual Japanese ‘post’ side handle. We like to have a teapot or two with this handle choice for our teawares customers who want a Japanese-made teapot fabricated using Japanese clay, with Japanese aesthetics and sensibility, but which features a Western-style handle for comfort and control in pouring.

Additionally, we were drawn to the patterning effects that were contributed by the kiln and the textured surface of the clay. All in all, this teapot is a stunning selection.

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.

Special Note Regarding This Pot:

The filtering ‘cage’ separated partially from the body of this last-of-a-kind teapot during the firing. This can be seen in the image of the interior of the pot featuring the clay ball-strainer cage. We do not believe that this separation will cause any problem during the normal life expectancy of the teapot, but feel it important to point it out.

The separation is at the top of the cage so should not allow tea particles to enter the spout; however, when steeping a really fine-cut leaf some may sneak through when making a full pot of tea.

We have reduced the price by 25% to accommodate this minor flaw. The potter did not think it a major problem and released it for sale.

If this pot speaks to you aesthetically it is an excellent buying opportunity!

 

Want to know more?

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