TOKONAME Chikushun Tea Pot
The tea pots we introduce here are all from the Tokoname Chikushun Pottery (竹春窯), specialists in 'aka-bokashi' (red shading). The patterns on these tea pots are all hand drawn by their craftsmen.
Chikushun tea pots are baked at high temperature for several days, creating a tough and durable product. It is categorised as stoneware which is just between pottery and porcelain. The clay contains iron oxide that creates a chemical reaction with the tannin present in green tea, thereby reducing its bitterness and astringency and making a pleasant beverage. By using the Chikushun tea pot over a period of several years, it will become more glossy and take on a unique character of its own.
Tokoname Pottery has been creating pottery for the last 1000 years in Tokoname, Aichi prefecture; it is one of Japan's six oldest potteries (六古窯 = rokko-yo). In the late Heian era (the end of the 12th Century), it is said that there were about 3000 kilns in the Chita peninsula - including 1200 kilns in Tokoname - producing jars and earthenware pots. At the end of the Edo era (late 19th Century), they started baking the famous vermilion-coloured teapot which rapidly spread throughout all of Japan.