Teapot collectors take note of this teapot.
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.
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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