Tokoname Pear-Shaped Teapot with Intersecting Glazes

$185.00

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Made in Tokoname, Japan
Unglazed clay interior
Potter: Unknown, but there is an identifying mark
Infuser: clay sasame
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 4.2″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 10.5 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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This distinctively-shaped teapot features a unique glaze.  Two expertly placed circular shapes cover the majority of the teapot’s body and part of the lid.  The circle on the ‘left’ is a beautiful, matte finish purple color, which has a slight metallic sheen.  The circle on the ‘right’ is a glossy grey-blue glaze, which accentuates the color of white grit and black fleck in the clay of the teapot’s body.  In the center, these two glazes mix and react with one another to create a central dark brown color as well as an attractive fade-and-separate effect toward the edges of the circles.

The clay used to craft this teapot is just as distinctive as its glaze.  It is a mottled grey-brown clay with a great deal of large-grained, multi-colored particulate mixed in.  This gives the pot a nice texture, as well as a visually interesting appearance.  With its 10.5 oz functional capacity and easy to hold handle, this teapot is a practical choice as well.

There are two maker’s marks under the handle, but we are unable to identify to whom these marks belong.

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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