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Tokoname Faceted Hidasuki Teapot


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Gyokko
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.3″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 10 oz / 295 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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This teapot is crafted from a lovely grey clay which contains a copious amount of large-grain particles.  These particles give the teapot’s surface an interesting texture and earthy appearance.  Although textured, the pot is much smoother to the touch than it appears visually.  The potter has taken extra care in smoothing the clay on the handle, which makes this teapot comfortable to hold.  There is some roughness on the bottom of the pot, so take care to protect the table surface with a mat or trivet when setting this teapot down.

The distinctive, thick red lines that cross over the lid and body of this teapot are known as a hidasuki pattern.  Hidasuki, or “fire cord” is a traditional decorative technique by which the potter takes ‘cordings’ of rice-straw that have been soaked in salt water and drapes them over or around an unglazed vessel.  When the pottery is fired in the kiln, a chemical reaction occurs at the points where the rice straw directly contacts the clay.  The signature scorch markings of hidasuki are the result of this chemical reaction.  While traditionally red-brown, the color of the hidasuki can vary depending on the chemical make-up of the clay used and its reaction with differing concentrations of salt water.

A series of large, facet cuts circle the body of this teapot, creating a lovely canvas for the hidasuki decoration and enhances the pot’s silhouette.

This teapot also has a fairly large opening, making it very useful for steeping a variety of teas, no matter what size the leaf.

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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