“Akebonosai” is a unique technique developed through the diligent study of new techniques by a master of traditional ones.
This teapot uses a unique technique to express the natural world as felt through the five senses.
This teapot was made using Tokoname’s characteristic red clay and decorated with colored glaze (the artist’s unique “Akebonosai”). A unique feldspar glaze and black smoke are combined and blown to create gradation that expresses a scene where jet-black darkness gradually lightens into a sky that is tinted a pale crimson.
■ Size: Diameter 9.7 cm × Length 14.2 cm × Height 10 cm
■ Capacity: Approx. 330 ml
■ Material: Earthenware
■ Country of Origin: Japan
■ Reference: Comes in a wooden box
This indicates the capacity when it is filled with water to the brim (if there is a lid, up to the place where the lid is set). The actual amount of hot water used will be less than the capacity shown.
*This item cannot be used in a dishwasher, microwave oven, oven, or over an open flame.
The secret of the delicious flavor of tea brewed in a Tokonameyaki teapot
Tokonameyaki teapots are teapots made for savoring tea, from a combination of the finest Tokoname pottery clay and high-level techniques that have been handed down for generations.
＜Iron-rich Tokoname Clay＞Since Tokoname clay contains iron that reacts with the tannins in tea, the astringency and bitterness are adjusted to an appropriate level. In addition, Tokoname clay can be fired without using glaze, so the excess nutrients in tea are absorbed by the clay, making the tea flavor milder.
＜Teapot with Ceramic Mesh, No Tea Strainer Required＞This teapot is designed to brew tea without the use of a metal strainer. Simply place the tea leaves inside the teapot and pour hot water over them to brew delicious tea without wasting a single drop. A fine ceramic tea strainer called “Ceramesh” is integrated into the body of the teapot. Unlike with metal tea strainers, the tea leaves are able to open fully and neatly within the teapot, so all of the nutrients in the tea can be extracted without leaving anything behind.
＜Highly Airtight Due to Lid-Rubbing Technique for Properly Steamed Tea＞Lid-rubbing is a process of rubbing the lid and the body of the teapot together to create a tight fit, and is one of the techniques used to produce Tokonameyaki teapots. This technique increases the airtightness of the teapot, which allows for proper steaming of the tea leaves to extract the delicious tea.
Tokonameyaki has been a Japanese tradition for more than 1,000 years.
It is recognized as a Japan Heritage property, and is one of the “Six Old Kilns of Japan,” which are 6 of Japan's representative pottery kiln sites.
Tokonameyaki is a type of stoneware fired mainly in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture, and in the surrounding area of the Chita Peninsula. Stoneware is a type of kiln-fired vessel that is hard like stone, with properties between those of porcelain and pottery. Since it is made from clay with a high iron content, the clay is fired at 1,200-1,300℃ to create a hard, non-water absorbing vessel with a dense base.
Tokoname clay is very adhesive with a high iron content, and is surprisingly smooth due to its fine particles.
In a normal ceramics-making process, clay with a high iron content will turn black or swell up when fired, making it difficult to handle, but Tokonameyaki takes advantage of these weak points to produce pottery with a uniform reddish brown color, thanks to the iron in the clay.
Artist: Hiroshi Koie
1955 Born in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture
1975 Completed the Pottery Major Course at Seto Ceramics High School, Aichi Prefecture
1982 Recognized as a regular member of the Japan Kōgei Association
2010 Awarded the Aichi Master Craftsman Award
2016 Designated an intangible cultural asset holder by Tokoname City (Hand-made red clay teapot technique through Rokuro)
Selected 27 times for the Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition
Selected 31 times for the Japan Sencha Craft Exhibition, awarded the Obaku Prize
Selected 40 times for the Tokai Traditional Craft Exhibition,
awarded the Governor's Prize of Aichi Prefecture
Invited to exhibit/judge
Selected 6 times for the China-Japan International Ceramic Art Exhibition, awarded the Encouragement Award
Selected 3 times for the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition
Selected 4 times for the Ceramics Bienniale Exhibition
Chosan Akira Pottery Exhibition, Chosan Grand Prize, etc.
Created teacups for Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress at the National Ocean Enrichment Festival
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