Patterned Tea Pot by Nakata-gama
This impactful teapot design was made at the Nakata family kiln in the Tobe-ware region of Ehime.
Tobe-ware is known for its heritage in porcelain and for the around 100 small kilns that practice hand painted ceramics today. Masataka Nakata established his kiln in 1974, after a period as an apprentice at another works beginning aged 18. His life has been in ceramics, and his dedication is to the patterns and textures of Tobe-ware. Impurities within the clay are retained for example, to remind of its natural origin, and give the feel of an item that might have been purchased in Japan's Meiji or even Edo eras.
This pot of course, shows the influence of non-Japanese forms, and the open way in which Nakata practices his ceramics. His goal is to make modern classics in Tobe-ware. The piece is hand painted, with a divot on the handle created by the potter's thumb.
The pot has a diameter of 12cm, and width of 22cm. It is 14cm high, and weighs 630g.