Red Tea Pot by Nakata-gama
This teapot in a striking work in red, made at the Tobe-ware kiln of Masataka Nakata.
It demonstrates the ‘dobin’, upper handled shape made by Nakata, who is a master in the Tobe tradition.
Tobe-ware was established in the late 18th century, following a decision of the local feudal domain to import potters from the large Arita porcelain region. Since then Tobe-ware has continued in a parallel lineage, and is known today for its small family kilns, and dedication to hand painted techniques
Masataka Nakata’s journey in ceramics began when he apprenticed to one of the region’s kilns aged 18, before going on to establish his own in 1974. The Nakata-kiln has become known for its classic explorations in pattern and material.
This pot showcases one of the occasional variations into red from the more common combinations of blue and white. It is an impressive piece of handmade craft, with depth and skill in its making.
The pot is 13.5cm in diameter, it is 16cm wide, and 19.5cm high. It weighs 650g.