This Japanese vintage Kyo-yaki tea caddy made by Famous Kyoto potter Teiichi Oketani II 1935- , please see more below about the potter. This is a tea caddy style called a takai-chaire. It is well made handmade pottery adorned with thick hand poured brown glazes. The lid is made of resin and painted gold on the bottom, we ran out of room for pictures. Takai-chaire are large, flattened circle-shaped tea containers, with wide mouths, short necks, and horizontal shoulders. Taikai literally means a vast ocean, and comes from the fact that the mouth is very wide. They are not designed specifically for tea ceremony use, but rather as a Hikitame Matcha powder container used in the Mizuya kitchen of the tea ceremony room, and for ground matcha green tea. Originally, this shape of tea container was called Daikai inland sea. From the time of Kobori Enshu of1579-1647, larger ones were re-named Taikai, and smaller examples, Daikai. This wonderful tea caddy comes with the tomobako which is signed by the artist and is a very important addition to a piece of Japanese pottery for adding value and age, in addition to affirmation of the maker. The tea caddy has also been inscribed on the bottom by the potter. It also comes with the cloth cover called a shifuku which alone adds value. It is about 40 years old. It is in excellent condition with no cracks chips, nor evident wear. Please see the pictures for your condition report.
SIZE: Diameter: 3.7” or 9.39 cm, Height 2.1” or 5.33 cm
Added to list not added to Categories- We are currently waiting for Ruby Lane to add the Tea Ceremony Category, so we can all put out tea bowls, mizusashi, tea caddies, and other items; most likely we all have more to post! I think it was just an oversight as it is on the list.
The Potter - Teiichi Oketani II 貞他 1935-
Teiichi Oketani is a second generation potter of Kyoto family. His given name is Hiroshi Oketani. Raised and taught to be a potter by his father, his work has received praises many times at the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. In 1955, he graduated of the Pottery Course at Kyoto Municipal Fushimi Technical Senior High School. He succeeded as the 2nd head of the family. Just some of the awards he has won include: Silver prize at the Kyoto Crafts Exhibition, Best award at the Kyoto Crafts Arts Exhibition, a prize at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and another museum, 10 prizes at the Japan Traditional Crafts Kinki Exhibition, 3 prizes at the Japan Traditional Exhibition…and more. He is an active member of Nihon Kogeikai the Japan Art Crafts Association, and the Kyoto Art Crafts Creators Union. He has been manufacturing tea jars or any other tea utensils. Meaning he has potters working under him for production work. He usually uses his real name on his own works.
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き
Historically known as Meaco, Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. As a result the making of Kyoto Ware has spread out from the center of Kyoto to regions around Kyoto. It's population is one of many generations of families of potters including many notable and famous potters.
Kyoyo has a history of 1,200 years. Known as Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. Some of the oldest history during the Nara era, a monk, Gyoki built his kiln at the Seikan Temple (Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto prefecture) and produced unglazed earthenware. It became famous as “Chawanzaka”. Before the Muromachi era, potters, from China and Korea, developed their own techniques and affected Japanese potters. Later, some of them moved to Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture, and founded their original styles of Kyoto ware. That is why Kyoto Ware has a wide range of ceramics with the expression of regional characteristics, such as Seto, Mino, Shigaraki, Kokutani, and Koimari.
It is said Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Needless to say, Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen.
Kiyomuzu yaki written 清水寺 is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery and the town, more can be found about this on the internet. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills and well known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces during the second half of the 20th century for more modern pieces.
There are many shaping techniques: hand shaping, potter’s wheel, plaster mold method of embossing, and fluid technique. Most have now switched from traditional climbing kilns for the firing,to electricity or gas. As a result and due to the many various glazing techniques brought to use by the newer generations of potters over the last 60 years or so, a new style of Kyoto Ware has emerged.
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