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Your favorite online shops for Japanese teaware and pottery?

by tingjunkie » Jul 13th 09 5:15 am

Ok, it's my new obsession! :lol: I had some basic knowledge of Japanese teaware before, but a recent two week trip to Japan has really given me a deep interest and appreciation for the beautiful handmade artistry that goes into Japanese pottery.

I know of Artistic Nippon, Rishi, Rikyu, and O-Cha, but am I missing any other really good online vendors of Japanese teaware? Out of these, Artistic Nippon is my favorite because a) they have a broad selection of different wares from different kilns and prefectures, and they give information about the history of the different wares, b) they feature information about the different artists who create the works, c) they have lots of products spanning different price ranges, and d) they get new stuff and update their site with the new products often. In particular, I am most interested in shops with good selections of handmade kyusu, yunomi, and chawan.

If you know of any similar shops, or individual artist's websites, please let me know. I have done a few searches, which is how I learned about the stores I already mentioned, but I thought I may have missed some hidden gems. Also, any links to great informational sites would be greatly appreciated too. This site is connected to the Japan Traditional Craft Center I visited in Ikebukuro, and has tons of great info. Their shop had so many wonderful pieces. If only they would make an online store!

It's killing me that I was just there in Japan, and now it's after I'm home that I'm doing all this research and really learning about the pottery. :( But then again, it was actually seeing lots of this amazing work first-hand that got my interest peaked. And, had I known a lot about it before hand, I'm sure I would have spent WAY to much money while I was there.

Thanks in advance for sharing your favorite links!

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by Salsero » Jul 13th 09 6:48 am

I have yet to order anything from Hojo but he carries some great looking stuff. You have to email him for a list of what's currently available and the prices.

Less expensive teaware is available from CDJapan, but I have been happy with several things I have ordered from them lately.

Of course, Tokoname Yuyaku has the most amazing (and frustrating to page through) online catalog of all. Not the artisan stuff that Hojo and AN carry, but lots of pots you see for sale other places and more! They also have a great page with specialized teapots for gyokuro (shiboridashi, hohin, etc.) and even a few left-handed teapots!

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by iannon » Jul 13th 09 1:14 pm

Salsero wrote:Of course, Tokoname Yuyaku has the most amazing (and frustrating to page through) online catalog of all. Not the artisan stuff that Hojo and AN carry, but lots of pots you see for sale other places and more! They also have a great page with specialized teapots for gyokuro (shiboridashi, hohin, etc.) and even a few left-handed teapots!
I agree..resign yourself to sitting down for a couple hours to page through all the offerings there! lots of decent stuff though. its where I got mine

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by sriracha » Jul 13th 09 1:54 pm

Salsero wrote: Tokoname Yuyaku
Part of me is like a kid on Christmas morning, and part went "how am I gonna get through all this and not miss anything??" :o :shock: :cry:

But seriously, thanks for the link! =)


For those of you who can read German, Keiko-Tee has some stuff, too.

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by clareandromeda » Jul 13th 09 7:17 pm

There is always etsy.com

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by Oni » Jul 13th 09 8:16 pm

Horaido teashop is the best in my opinion for teaware, they have both tea ceremony and sencha-do teaware, and the lowest prices, and you can always look at the japanese version of the site for more teaware.
http://www.kyoto-teramachi.or.jp/horaido/greentea.htm

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by tingjunkie » Jul 14th 09 12:39 am

Salsero wrote:I have yet to order anything from Hojo but he carries some great looking stuff. You have to email him for a list of what's currently available and the prices.
I forgot about Hojo. I've checked out that site, but was so annoyed at the lack of prices that I just moved on. Kind of a strange business practice if you ask me. Are the prices so high that it's better not to sticker shock people?

Thanks for the recommendations folks. Looks like I have my night planned out!

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by tingjunkie » Jul 14th 09 12:48 am

Ok, Tokoname Yuyaku... holy crap. :shock:

Anyone know if the small # inbetween the product number and the price is the volume of the pot in oz? Looks about right, but I thought Japan used the metric system?
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by iannon » Jul 14th 09 12:53 am

tingjunkie wrote:Ok, Tokoname Yuyaku... holy crap. :shock:

Anyone know if the small # inbetween the product number and the price is the volume of the pot in oz? Looks about right, but I though Japan used the metric system?
not quite..most of the pages have a little chart at the top with those numbers and the corresponding ml. for instance "18" = 320 ml which when converted = 10.8 oz

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by tingjunkie » Jul 14th 09 12:55 am

Ah. Thanks iannon.

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by Smells_Familiar » Jul 14th 09 4:54 am

http://www.2000cranes.com/

the owners have great taste. the prices are generally too high for my budget atm though.

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by Oni » Jul 14th 09 5:44 am

And if you happen to be an oil sheik with lots of money, try www.maikoshop.com , for high quality porcelain cups and bowls.

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by tingjunkie » Jul 14th 09 10:13 pm

Oni wrote:And if you happen to be an oil sheik with lots of money, try www.maikoshop.com , for high quality porcelain cups and bowls.
Nice stuff, but I just can't get into porcelain... I would just feel too much like my mom if I started collecting that stuff!

Thanks for the links SF and Oni!