This is a quite handsome and well-constructed teapot from the Sekiryu Toen Workshop. The clay is a wonderful speckled grey with a slight hint of purple. Bands of metallic purple glaze encircle the body of the pot and lid, complimenting both elements’ circular forms. The glazed bands are slightly raised, suggesting the potter first applied glaze to the pot, then carefully cut away a thin layer of glaze-covered clay to create the banded design. The shiny purple glaze contrasts nicely with the matte finish of the natural clay.
We were drawn to this teapot in part because it features a Western-style ‘C- handle’ rather than the usual Japanese straight, side handle. We like to have a few teapots with this handle choice for our teawares customers who want a Japanese-made teapot of Japanese clay and aesthetics but which features a Western-style handle for familiarity in function. The slight ‘angle’ on the top/outside of this teapot’s ‘C- handle’ makes it easy it grip.
The lid sits tight and secure on the teapot’s perfectly-recessed gallery rim. The lid’s knob is well sized and easy to grab. It is a well-proportioned teapot that is not too heavy and feels good in the hand.
An obi-ami style stainless steel screen filter surrounds the interior of the pot and is perfect for filtering out the fine particles of all types of steeped tea. Teapots with obi-ami style filters also have a smooth and fast pour.
Please Note: Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares 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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