Tobe Porcelain Pot – Karakusa

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

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This teapot was made at Baizan-gama, one of the oldest kilns in Tobe, and follows the famous style of Tobe-yaki, white porcelain that has been produced in Tobe, Ehime Prefecture since 1775.
To create the porcelain, clay bodies are first formed by hand by expert potters and then air-dried for several days before the initial bisque firing at temperatures over 900 degrees Celsius in a noborigama, (a climbing kiln) built with large, heat-resistant bricks, that slightly expand when heated. Once the porcelain has cooled, its blue patterns are made with an underglaze method using gosu, an indigo blue pigment made from a mixture of cobalt oxide and other components. The pigment is then covered in a transparent glaze and fired again at over 1200 degrees Celsius.
This design is an original interpretation by Baizan-gama of a karakusa pattern following the symbolic representation of climbing grass that extends in all directions, its continuous growth signifying vitality and longevity. 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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