Tokoname Cream with Blue Lid Teapot

$55.00

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Slip glazed
Ceramics studio: Jinsui
Infuser: Removable stainless steel basket
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 4.4″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 10.5 oz / 311 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

Instead of a built-in clay strainer, this pot comes with an east to clean removable stainless steel mesh strainer. It also has a very wide opening, making it a great choice for steeping large leaf oolongs and China green teas or light and voluminous China white teas. The handle is well proportioned, easy to hold, and has a thumb rest for added grip and comfort.  It has a lovely, smooth, matte finish.

This pot is also quite versatile.  If you remove the lid and filter, the pot can also be used as an open teapot for steeping various Chinese green teas that do not like to be covered when being steeped.  It would also make a great yuzamashi, (water cooling pitcher).  Yuzamashi are used to lower the temperature of freshly-heated water before using the water to steep tea leaves. The idea is that after water is heated, it is poured first into the yuzamashi, and then from the yuzamashi it is poured onto the tea leaves in a teapot. Yuzamashi are especially helpful when preparing green tea and oolong, which require a cooler water temperature for steeping.

Please Note:
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.

Want to know more?

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