Tokoname Matte Grey Teapot with Wisteria Flowers

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Tsuzuki Seiho
Infuser: Clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.25″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 6 oz / 177 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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Seiho’s teapots are quite in demand for their beautiful hand impressed and colorful floral patterns. They are charming in all aspects of shape and design. Seiho tries to make each teapot design 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 ‘feel’ 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 impression. The flowers and other design elements are carefully painted before the teapots are fired.

This teapot features beautiful sprays of pink and white wisteria flowers across its body and lid.  Seiho has also incorporated two whimsical butterflies into his design:  one elegantly stamped and painted on the side of the pot, the other skillfully carved into the handle.  The wings of the butterfly on the handle are completely carved though the clay while the body is simply impressed, demonstrating Seiho’s high level of skill as a craftsman.

Seiho Tsuzuki was born in 1944 in Tokoname, Japan and is a member of the Japan Crafts Association.  He established his own kiln in 1964 and has won multiple awards for his ceramics. His son, Yutaka Tsuzuki apprenticed under him and is also a well-respected potter.  Much like the work of his father, most of Yutaka Tsuzuki’s pieces are created using fine-grained grey clay and feature minimal, but highly effective embellishments.

 

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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