There are 10 different
techniques making Tokoname Kyusu:
(ITOME) Using a soft brush rolls
spirally on rotary clay surface to create sensitive
thin lines impression. The texture also creates a
(TOBIKANNA) Using a springy chisel, which made of iron or
bamboo, hops and plunges against rotary clay surface
to create a distinctive pattern and texture on the
Using combs portray the straight lines or curved lines
on the surface. It is an old adding ornament technique,
which appeals to be the heart of Japanese decorative
method from the era of Japanese ancient Jomon pottery.
It is the most basic glaze that made from ash of the
tree & the straw. It changes in various colors
with the component, and temperature.
Wrapping the unglazed clay surface with algae when
burns the teapot in kiln. The salt from algae oxidizes
with the clay and makes burned patter on the pot surfaces.
The most common technique used on Tokoname teapot.
The clay is buried in chaff during the firing process
& cause a change of pot surface into matt bronze
finish which looks like made of metal rather than
Using mud (Nota) cloth pounds on teapot & lets
the mud attached onto the surface. It careates an
attractive pine tree-like or rough wood skin texture.
The various patterns on teapot surface are pressed
by artist carved wooden model before the clay drying.
The pattern of four seasons, grass flower, birds or
small characters are carved by skillful experienced
Mixing several clays on potter's wheel with varied
spinning speed & pressure creates different patterns.
Combining with cuts on the surface makes the design
look more complex & unique.