Tokoname Grey Smooth Mogake Teapot

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Gisui (KONDO Yoshikazu)
Infuser: 50+ hand-punched holes
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3″ tall (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 8 oz / 237 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 elegantly shaped teapot by Gisui has many lovely, well crafted details.  The spout and the handle have the appearance of being stitched-on to the body of the pot, a clever way to make us realize that these pieces have been “fused” one to the other.  The wide flared shaped of the handle works well with the pot’s rounded body.  Carefully-punched-out strainer holes on the interior of the teapot also contribute a nice, hand-made touch.

The dramatic glossy lines on the lid and body of this teapot are known as mogake.  Mogake patterns are created by draping long, string-like pieces of seaweed around the unglazed teapot, lid and spout before firing. During firing, the salt in the seaweed reacts with the clay, leaving a distinctive, spidery-thin tracing of color across the surface of the vessel. This teapot’s smooth matte grey clay perfectly complements the bold, glossy green and tan mogake patterning.

Born in 1947, Gisui is a highly skilled potter who has won multiple awards for his ceramics. He is certified as a Master of Traditional Craftsmen and started his own ceramic art school in 2002.

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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