Tokoname Japanese Tea Instructor Association Teapot – medium


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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Kiln: Takasuke Kiln
Strainer-style: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3″
Functional capacity: 6 oz



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

Mary Lou was served tea in these eye-catching teapots when she visited Japan in November of 2012. When she inquired about these teapots, she learned that they are recommended by the Japanese Tea Instructor Association and are the teapot of choice for many tea professionals who teach the art of steeping sencha (leaf tea).

The teapots are simple and straightforward, and made in several popular sizes to accommodate Sencha, Gyokuro and other Japanese green teas. This size, the medium size, is the most popular, and we should have the other two sizes that we normally stock back in inventory somewhat soon.

The color is a striking caramel-yellow color with a satin-smooth eggshell finish (slight sheen) that blends well with other teawares and teacups. The clay strainers are super-fine (so depending on the size of the leaf you may not need to use the traditional fine-mesh stainless steel finish strainer), the teapot balance is good, the pouring is excellent, and the teapots feel very comfortable in the hand.

The price is reasonable, too, for those who want to purchase several sizes. In fact, recently we were able to negotiate a significant price reduction from our supplier of these wonderful teapots, so they are once again priced at about the same price that they were when we first sourced them!

The exact color of these teapots does vary. The overhead photograph is generally slightly darker than they are – and the other photographs of the teapots are slightly lighter than normal. So, while the images are good for scale, detail, and proportion, the color of the pot(s) that you receive will likely be lighter or darker than those in the pictures here on our website.

Want to know more?

img-more_tok_clean How to Clean a Tokoname Teapot

img-more_capacity How We Determine the Size & Capacity of our Teawares