Tokoname Teapot by Studio Gala
Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture is famous for producing high-quality teapots using vermillion clay. It has the longest history among Japan’s six ancient kilns. Characterized by its iron-rich red clay which is fired using an oxidising flame. The vermillion clay contains abundant iron which is considered to be suitable for tea brewing. However, it is challenging to work with and process. This challenging material has brought about high craftsmanship and artistry in Tokoname's teawares.
The iron in the vermillion clay is believed to harmonize with tannin in tea to enhance the flavour. Since no glaze is used, these teapots absorb tea incrustations and develop subdued patina and sheen. The colour of the black teapot is a result of baking the teapot in a kiln after it went through the 1st firing stage.
Upon opening the lid and seeing the careful craftmanship applied to the tea strainer, one finds the beauty of handcraft.
Materials: Reduction fired Tokoname Clay.
Teapot with Circular Handle: 8.2 x Φ 13.8 x H 6.2 cm
Studio Gala is the brand set up by Ryoichi Kobayashi in 1982. With reference to the materials and techniques of traditional Japanese crafts, Studio Gala seeks to create high-quality handcrafted items to go with contemporary everyday living in Japan.