Tobe Porcelain Pot – Marumon

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

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Tobe-yaki, a famous style of white porcelain made in Tobe, Ehime Prefecture has been produced since 1775. This teapot was made in one of the oldest kilns in Tobe, Baizan-gama.
The teapot starts as a clay body of porcelain, formed by the hand of skilled potters, which is then left to dry for several days before the first bisque firing at temperatures over 900 degrees Celsius in a noborigama, (a climbing kiln). After the firing process, the blue patterns are painted with gosu, an indigo blue underglaze whose colour comes from cobalt oxide. The pot is then covered with a transparent glaze and fired a second time at over 1200 degrees Celsius. The red colours in the pattern are added at this point as overglaze, placing red enamel paint on top of the fired glaze.
This pattern is a variation of marumon, an auspicious, circular design that represents eternity, as the circle has no beginning or end. The patterns are created using the technique of 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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