🔸Gyokko "Kuro Tsuba Biri" 220 ml - 玉光 "黒泥つばビリ”

【 Product Type: Kyusu 急須, Tokoname ware 】

This finely crafted kyusu teapot is hand made by master Gyokko from natural clay on the potter's wheel.


The lid and body of the teapot have a fine cutting pattern called "biri". This pattern is also known as the "tobikanna" (tobi = spring or bouncing, and kanna = carving blade), which is trimmed by bouncing the edge of a carving knife at regular intervals while rotating the kyusu on a potter's wheel.


Capacity of about 220 ml for one to two person, and ideal to enjoy noble green tea.

Diese fein gearbeitete Kyusu-Teekanne wird von Meister Gyokko aus Naturton auf der Töpferscheibe handgefertigt. 


Deckel und Korpus der Teekanne haben ein feines Schnittmuster namens, das "biri" genannt wird. Dieses Muster wird auch als "Tobikanna" (tobi = springend und kanna = Schnitzklinge) bezeichnet, das durch regelmäßiges Anstoßen der Schneide eines Schnitzmessers während der Drehung des kyusu auf einer Töpferscheibe entsteht.


Mit einem Fassungsvermögen von etwa 220 ml für ein bis zwei Personen ist sie ideal, um edlen grünen Tee zu genießen.


← Pattern ”BIRI” ビリ (or "Tobikanna" 飛び鉋)


The "biri" is achieved by a small carving blade that trimmed pattern into the surface while wheeling.




1) Each Kyusu is unique and painstakingly handcrafted. With artist stamp. 

2) The Kyusu has a built-in ceramic strainer, made in the Tokoname-yaki tradition. 

3) The balanced proportions. "BIRI", a trimmed decoration adds the kyusu an impresses with the exciting appearance.

4) For 220 ml in volume, the perfect size for brewing a cup of tea, making it a perfect gift.

5) Using red natural clay (Japanese: Shudei 朱泥) particularly enriched with natural iron-oxide.

* It is said that any astringency and bitterness found in Japanese green teas are adjusted by the reaction of the iron contained in Tokoname ware's red mud with the tannin of the tea, resulting in a delicious and mellow taste.


☆Gyokko "Kuro Tsuba Biri" 220 ml

【 volume / Volume (ca.) 】 

       220 m

【 size (approx.) / Maße (ca.) 】

   (without Handle and knob / (Durchmesser ohne Griff x Höhe ohne Knauf)

       Φ 9 x H. 7 cm 

【 weight (approx.) / Gewicht (ca.) 】

       205 g

【 material / Material 】     

       Lead-free & Cadmium-free Ceramic (Pottery) /

       Bleifreie & Cadmiumfreie Keramik (Töpferei)  

【 Studio 】


【 origin / Herkunft 】   

        Aichi, Japan

【 packaging / Verpackung 】



* Please handwash to clean your kyusu.

* Do not use this teapot in the microwave or dishwasher. 


* Bitte reinigen Sie Ihren Kyusu mit der Hand.

* Verwenden Sie diesen Kyusu nicht in der Mikrowelle oder Spülmaschine. 

79,80 €

  • Lieferzeit 2-3 Werktage *1 / Shipping 2-3 working days *1

about the kiln

 Umehara Hirotaka (梅原 廣隆), the second generation gyokko (玉光), was born in Tokoname City in 1946 as the son of the first Tamami, Umehara harutaka (梅原 晴隆).

He studied ceramics at Tokoname High School Ceramics Department and succeeded the second generation gyokko in 1988.

In 1994, he was certified as a Master of Traditional Crafts by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

He has been selected several times for the "Choza Prize Tokoname Ceramics Exhibition" and "Japan Sencha Crafts Exhibition", which are said to be the gateway to potters from all over the country.

Currently, he has established "gyokkou-touen (玉光陶苑)" and is considered the largest player in Tokoname ware.

The motto of his work is simple, light, and easy to use. He specializes in the production of "red mud teapot," which can be said to be synonymous with Tokoname ware. The artists often produces a teapot using the advanced akaneshibori, which involves repeated firing. The range of his expressions in his work is wide, including the announcement of the gorgeous " hanakousei" series in collaboration with the Kutani ware painter.

🔸常滑焼 TOKONAME-YAKI -  A tradition of quality

Tokoname (常滑) is located near Chubu International Airport in southern Nagoya, Aichi Prefcture. High quality earthenware has been produced here since the 12th century, and still now, Tokoname is a center of pottery production in Japan.


Tokoname is one of Japan's six most important ancient kiln towns - the others are Bizen (備前), Echizen (越前), Seto (瀬戸), Shigaraki (信楽) and Tanba (丹波) - had the largest output of ceramics of any kiln town in the Edo Period (1600-1868). 


In particular, Tokoname used to be the main production site for ceramic water pipes. In modern times, it is known around the world for its ornaments such as tea sets and beckoning cats.