Tobe Porcelain Pot – Chrysanthemum

A handmade, hand-painted porcelain tea pot with chrysanthemum pattern from Tobe, Ehime Prefecture.

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This Tobe-yaki teapot, a famed style of white porcelain made in Tobe, Ehime Prefecture, has been produced in one of the oldest kilns in Tobe, Baizan-gama.
The crafting process of the teapot starts with skilled potters forming the clay body of porcelain which is then left to dry for several days before the initial bisque firing at temperatures of over 900 degrees Celsius in a noborigama, (a climbing kiln). Following the bisque firing, gosu, an indigo blue underglaze pigmented with cobalt oxide, is used to illustrate the blue patterns. The painted piece is covered in clear glaze and fired for the second time at 1200 degrees Celsius.
This pattern is a unique interpretation of the chrysanthemum flower by Baiza-gama, incorporating the symbolic significance of rejuvenation, longevity, and nobility. These patterns are drawn using a technique called tsuketate-kaki (contourless drawing), where each brush stroke creates a painted line of the pattern on a blank canvas with no outline.

Not microwave or dishwasher safe due to the natural fibres of the handle.

Size: W20.5x D14.5xH25.5cm

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