Tokoname Yokei ‘Rihi’ Teapot A

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Made in Tokoname,  Japan
Unglazed clay
Potter: Yokei ( MIZUNO Yokei )
Infuser: tiny hand-punched holes
Packaging: Paper box
Height: 3.25″ (to top of lid)
Functional capacity: 8 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 gorgeous teapot has flashes of red and black that are emphasized with little white specks. It is similar to our Yokei ‘Rihi’ teapot B, but is uniquely different from that teapot at the same time. Yokei’s A version is a bit rounder and fuller around the middle while version B is more slender.

The dark side of this teapot has a tracing of dark purple metallic flashing reminds me of a dark star-studded night in deep winter when the universe looms large overhead. The red color side of the teapot presents a lively and vibrant presence, and a fitting contrast to the dark side.

This teapot has a perfectly shaped spout and a dropped-in lid. It features thin-walls and is exquisitely shaped, no surprise from our esteemed potter Yokei.

The little ‘dots’ of white are bits of sand added to create the ‘rihi effect’ which mimics the look of the skin found on a ripe Japanese pear. The teapot is un-glazed and a soft luster finish adds to the visual appeal.

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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