Like many pottery traditions in Japan, Karatsu takes its name from the city where it originated. As early as the 15th century, Korean potters heavily influenced the development of this form—helping to endow it with the earthy, simple, and natural qualities it is so appreciated for. With crackled glazing and a beautiful gold repair along the top rim, this tokkuri is quite attractive and a pleasure to use.
Housed in its own fine kiri wood box, this piece is 4.3 inches in diameter at its widest point (10.8 cm) and stands 8.5 inches tall (21.6 cm). It is in very good condition and seems to have been well-cared-for. The gold repairs are quite attractive and attest to the importance placed on the preservation of this work.