Tokoname Matte Grey Teapot with Gold Flowers #2

$195.00

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Tsuzuki Seiho
Infuser: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.75″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 9 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.

 

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Seiho’s teapots are quite in demand for their color, impressed floral patterning and the use of gold and white color. They are charming in all aspects of shape and design. Seiho tries to make each teapot unique and imagines a story for each one as he applies his stamp-generated images to it.

The body of this teapot is river-stone grey/green in color. It is unglazed, which adds an appealing appearance and feeling to the teapot. Seiho impresses flower designs onto the damp clay using small, hand-carved wooden stamps with which he can control the depth of the impressions. The flowers and other design elements are carefully painted before the teapots are fired.

This teapot features a lush spray of tiny flowers in full bloom as well as loose blossoms scattered here and there by the wind, which is depicted as a ‘z’ shaped design that exudes movement and change.

Seihio’s style is unique and his teapots are a pleasant addition to a spring and summer tea table.

We have recently been able to significantly reduce the price on this teapot

 

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.

Want to know more?

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