An earthy, unglazed tea pot, the Yakijime Tokoname Kyusu Tea Pot is fired at a very high temperature in a process called Yakijime, meaning “firing to be sealed.” This type of firing was made to create the unique Yakijime Tokoname Kyusu Tea Pot and may involve ultra hot temperatures around 1350 Celsius and firing for up to 2 months. Created by Morimasa Kiln.
Volume: 360 ml
Strainer: Embedded Mesh
Materials: Porcelain and steel mesh
Ceramics Tradition: Tokoname-yaki
Tokoname ware (常滑焼, Tokoname-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery, stoneware, and ceramics produced in and around the municipality of Tokoname, Aichi, in central Japan. Tokoname was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan.
From hand to hand, quality created by techniques inherited over generations.
Morimasa is a ceramics studio that is held in high regard for the exceptional quality of its deisho-ikomi (slurry casting) production method. This method of kyusu production utilizes plaster molds into which clay is poured to form the five parts of the kyusu – body, handle, spout, lid, and lid grip. Although the method in which the kyusu is formed differs from hand-made kyusu thrown on a potter’s wheel, it does not differ in the respect that advanced techniques and expertise are needed to fit those parts together to create the final product.
“Every one of our artisans puts their heart and soul into performing their handiwork before passing the piece onto the next process. That is why our kyusu look so cute.” So says Yoshinori Isomura, the master of the kiln, with a smile. Born into a cast pottery family, he also trained in hand-thrown kyusu before setting up his own pottery, Morimasa.