Tokoname Teapots

Tokoname is one of the six ancient kiln regions of Japan and is famous for "kyusu", a style of side-handled teapots which have been produced since the Muromachi period (1338-1573). Tokoname clay is high in iron content and after firiing produces a red-orange color known as shudei. It is also very fine and allows for unusual and intricate designs to be carved into each kyusu. Tokoname teapots are used widely in Japan for brewing green tea.