Traditional vermilion Japanese teapot of Tokoname-yaki with beautiiful patterns
220cc kyusu teapot with cherry blossoms
There are six oldest kilns in Japan. Seto, Echizen, Shigaraki, Tamba, Bizen, and Tokoname. Each kiln began in the Middle Ages and their potteries are still a part of the people’s life. Though various kinds of tableware are on display in a shop today, a product of Tokoname ware has the largest market share in the industry. That is Japanese teapot kyusu. The Tokoname red kyusu is just an old and typical teapot of the Japanese people.
Standard plain kyusu teapot
Iron oxide of the pottery’s cray makes the teapot subdued vermillion color. And the Tokoname ware traditional craftsmen (there are 31 certificated craftsmen) bake the teapots without glazing. But they also produce black, yellow, green and brown Tokoname kyusu by glazing.
But the unglazed teapot has a good effect for a taste of a tea. Iron oxide directly eases bitterness and make it mild.
260cc kyusu teapot with flower
200cc kyusu teapot with cheryy blossoms
210cc kyusu teapot with plum blossoms
310cc kyusu teapot with plum blossoms and nightingale
Most of the patterns on Tokoname kyusu teapot are flowers including Cherry blossoms and plum blossoms. The white color really shows up on vermillion, and the flowers and nightingale are Japaneseness. But there are also other paintings.
310cc kyusu teapot with Mt. Fuji
260cc kyusu teapot with rabbit and chrysanthemum
Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan. Many Japanese painters including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Kawase Hasui, left behind the artworks about the mountain. The painting is so beautiful that it could be an ornament for your room.
Like other countries, a rabbit often appears in Japanese old tale and friendly to them. They regarded the markings of the moon as the two rabbits pounded rice into a cake.
There are also the patterned red teapots without painting if you like.
230cc kyusu teapot with cherry blossoms
260cc kyusu teapot with Shochikubai (pine tree, bamboo, plum blossoms)
240cc kyusu teapot
210cc kyusu teapot
220cc kyusu teapot with flowers
190cc kyusu teapot with trees