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Tokoname shudei kyūsu

Yamada Jōzan III (1924-2005)

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

It is said that the first kyūsu (small teapots with side handles) were made in Tokoname during the latter part of the Edo period, specifically the Bunka-Bunsei period (approx. 1804-1830). In the Bakamatsu period, Sugie Jumon(1827-1897) became a popular producer of shudei kyūsu, teapots with unglazed burnished red clay surfaces. It is widely thought that all Tokoname kyūsu are shudei kyūsu, but this is actually a postwar notion. Living National Treasure Yamada Jōzan III(1924-2005)faithfully inherited the traditions of previous generations while incorporating a modern, individualistic style. Yamada’s work inspired a rapid increase in the contemporary appreciation of Tokoname kyūsu throughout Japan.

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  • Title: Tokoname shudei kyūsu
  • Creator: Yamada Jōzan III (1924-2005)
  • Original Source: Tokoname City


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