Yutaka Tokoname Yokode Yakishime Kyusu

Potter: Tsuzuki Yutaka, Daikouji kiln

Approximate size: W5.3″ by H3.4″ or 13.5 by 8.7 cm

This is a cute Tokoname kyusu or teapot by upcoming Tokoname potter Tsuzuki Yutaka. He is the son of Tokoname master-potter Seiho and works from the Daikouji kiln. Impressed blossoms are the signature or staple of this pottery lineage and here they are impressed, forming a double band around the mouth or opening of the pot. This kyusu, when compared to Seiho’s example also listed is a little more traditional with a side handle.

Seto, Echizen, Tokoname, Shigaraki, Tamba, and Bizen are referred to as the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. The development of these kilns and pottery techniques, some dating to the prehistoric Jomon period, have been preserved and represent an important contribution to the world of ceramics. In these towns, evocative remnants of large and small kilns still dot the hills surrounding the towns, while maze-like backstreets, artfully decorated with walls of ceramic shards and kiln tools, lead to numerous ceramic studios. Walking through the narrow alleyways, led on by the smoke rising from brick-walled chimneys is to rediscover the elegant simplicity of Japanese aesthetics and feel the traditions and history of these ancient kilns.

This pot has a fine ceramic mesh infusor to stop leaves from clogging the spout or exiting the pot

Pottery made in Tokoname dates back to the 12th century. During the Heian period, what is now called Tokoname ware was already part of daily life. A kiln known as the Takasaka kiln was built in the 14th century. Towards the end of the Edo period in the late 19th century, Koie Hokyu completed a chambered “climbing kiln” (nobori-gama). The excellent reputation of modern Tokoname ware was established by his son Koie Hoju. He laid the foundations for earthenware pipe making and introduced the red ware for which the town became renowned. A statue was later put up in his honor in the town.

This kyusu is in mint condition. It is unused and without chips or cracks. Comes in a paper gift-box. A charming teapot.


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