I was searching through Tokoname's teapots today and noticed that they weren't always clear about the production of the pot. Here's the link:
One issue, for instance, included teapots created by Yokei Mizuno, a member of the Tokoname Hand-made Teapot Assoc., didn't always say whether they were handmade. Likewise, I'm not familiar enough with the Gyokko teapots to know what it means when a teapot bears that name. Did one of the masters of the Gyokko family personally craft that pot, or is there some "mold" that mimics a Gyokko model? Does anyone know whether all Tokoname teapots are hand-crafted or at least personally crafted by specific artists often named on the website? Presently, I'm going through teapots by artists and the clay they're using/location (e.g., Tokoname: Shimizu Genji, Kenji Hotta, Yoshiki Murata, etc., and Banko: Masaka Tachi, etc.). I'd appreciate any clarification that would help me sort through which teapots I am looking at purchasing. Also, if anyone has any suggestions for how I should alter my searches, please do share.