Teapot collectors take note of this teapot. Tanikawa Katsuaki is a luminary in the world of Tokoname teawares. At 64 years of age he is in the sweet spot of his skills and experience and turns out well-crafted, gracefully, and pleasing 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 truly one-of-a-kind items. We selected this teapot 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 made with Japanese clay and Japanese aesthetics and sensibility but which features a Western-style handle for comfort and control in pouring. This teapot has beautiful glaze effects of forest green and copper. The copper sections have a slightly metallic sheen and the overall effect is very Arts & Crafts, Mission or Prarie style. Not as flashy as some of Tanikawa’s work but this teapot is earthy and seductive in its simplicity.
This is a handmade item – 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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