Featured Japanese Kyusu

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Potteryplease, Feb 6, 2024.

  1. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Hi-a. I found this guy today for $5. Lid intact and no damage. I've found a couple similar while searching online, but I have no knowledge or context for these, so I thought to ask in general here.

    The last pic is the mark w/ flour in it to make it more visible.

    Thank you for any comments.

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    Last edited: Feb 6, 2024
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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

  3. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Yes, thank you. I was thinking (perhaps erroneously) that that was what kyusu meant...?
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2024
  4. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

  5. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Thank you! That appears to be a match. Very nice.
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  6. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Forgot to answer this bit, yes it means teapot and is usually associated with side handled types.
  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    You were right, a kyusu is a side handled teapot, so this model specifically. Yours is a very nice one.

    Edit: Ce already specified the side handled thing.:shame:
  8. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Just for reference: I've copied this from the Etsy listing @Ce BCA linked:

    "This Tokoname-yaki kyusu (teapot) is made with a striking green, red, yellow, and white marbled clay. The marbled effect is produced through the nerikomi (練り込み) technique, which involves kneading different coloured clays together. The pot features a simple ceramic do-ake filter which adds no metallic tastes to the tea.

    Made by the son of famed Tokoname craftsman Konishi Yohei (小西洋平), Konishi Kenji (小西研二), stamped using the name Yusen (友仙) also used by his father.

    Tokoname-yaki (常滑焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that traditionally comes from Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The site of one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, pottery has been made in Tokoname since the 12th century.

    Today, Tokoname ware is known for its iconic brick-red clay called shudei. Famously used in teaware and bonsai pots, this clay’s vibrant colour comes from its rich iron content. Tea steeped in unglazed Tokoname teapots is said to have a mellower taste."

  9. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Thanks AJ!
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  10. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Very pretty teapot! :)
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  11. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    The only thing it's missing is tea.
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  12. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    (and a cup ;))
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  13. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    I've seen Youtube videos about the making of these, though not by this specific maker. Very intense work, not factory but artisan-made; main body and lid are wheel-thrown, filter holes, spout and handle added. I can't imagine how they can sell them at a reasonable price, given the skill and time it takes to make one. I bet they do make good tea though.
  14. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I found one in a similar shape once, but not made from that clay. IIRC Bakers has it now - Secret Santa struck again.
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