190ml Black & Red flower Tokoname Kyusu Teapot with Ceramic Strainer [Gyokko Kiln]
This traditional "Tokoname" [see below] Japanese ceramic teapot is specially designed to brew green tea. The word "kyusu" translates as “teapot" and is commonly used to refer to a teapot with a side handle. This beautiful hand crafted brown/rust Kyusu is sourced direct from the GYOKKO Kiln in Tokoname Japan and is perfect for one person and perfect for Gyokuro. Holding 190ml of tea it has a ceramic flat strainer over the spout, so that even the finest tea leaves won’t come out. This is especially useful as Japanese teas can contain very small leaf particles.
About the Gyokko Kiln
- Kiln : GYOKKO Kiln ( 玉光 窯 )
- Name of Master : Hirotaka UMEHARA ( 梅原 廣隆 )
- Born year and city : Born in 1946 in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture.
- Education : After graduating from Tokoname High School Ceramics Department, he trained under his father, the predecessor Gyokko.
- Awards (excerpt) :
* The title holder of the Master of Traditional Crafts
* Selected for the Japan Traditional Crafts Association Exhibition
* Choza Prize at the Choza Prize Ceramics Exhibition
* Chairman's Award of the Ceramics Assn at the Ceramics Ind Promotion Exhibition
* Received the Order of the Sacred Treasure Single Light
- Signature style of tea pots : He independently developed new pottery clays such as white clay and green clay, as well as colorful liquid clays for painting teapots. He has several styles of teapots that only he can make, such as flat teapots and large teapots. He creates pottery in pursuit of what modern consumers truly want, and this is reflected in his works.
To learn more about the different types of Tokoname Teapots including which may be the best choice for your tea you can read our blog here
Tales of the Tea Trade : Tokoname
Rob : Extract from our our book Tales of the tea trade :
The Tokoname region as it is considered the teaware capital of Japan. This area’s link with pottery dates back to 1100 and is believed to be the oldest in Japan. However, it wasn’t until the start of the Edo period (1603–1868) that this area became important. In early times it focused mostly on vases and jars, but this period also produced the early matcha bowls in the form of yama-chawans (mountain tea bowls). These were coarsely finished bowls with little refinement, but beautiful in their simplicity.
Today Tokoname is famous for its redware teapots (kyusu), introduced in the early 1860s. Other teapots for green tea had been produced from early in the nineteenth century in Tokoname, but this new style became very popular. Again it was influenced by China, whose own redware teapots were the typical teaware used at this time. The name comes from the deep red, iron-rich clay from which it is made. Its use in Japan had a big effect on Tokoname’s ceramic industry, with an influx of new potters who specialized in making redware teapots. This was helped by the visit of a Chinese potter called Jin Shi Heng who, in 1878, was invited to teach Chinese techniques for making teapots, greatly accelerating development and increasing quality. This, combined with a period of rapid industrialization, eventually meant mass-production hit Tokoname towards the end of the nineteenth century, with much small-scale domestic production replaced with industrial-scale manufacturing. However, Tokoname today is a place of great diversity, incorporating both small and large-scale manufacture.
There are three possible forms of Tokoname teapots, categorized according to where the handle is sited. A yokode kyusu has it on the side, an ushirode kyusu has it at the back and an uwade kyusu has a handle on the top. The most typical modern type is the yokode kyusu, which is the one we use at Comins. This style can be traced back to the end of the Song dynasty (960–1279) in China for the preparation of powdered tea. It has been adapted perfectly over time to meet Japanese needs, incorporating a fine mesh to prevent the fine particles of tea from coming out. Each one is balanced according to the potter’s preferences. Customers often comment how simple yet effective their design is, not knowing that the concept has not really changed in 900 years!