Banko ware (Bankoyaki)

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Bankoyaki was established in the mid 1700’s in Obuse in Mie-pref. by a powerful merchant, Nunami Rouzan. His strong interest in teaware lead to the production of original designs with foreign influences (such as arabesque) and became very popular in Edo. After the death of Rouzan, production ceased until the 1800’s when two talented young brothers Mori Yusetsu and Senchu set up a kiln and started reproducing old Banko ware. By this time people’s preferences were taking a turn towards delicate and ornate pieces so the Mori brothers made use of new techniques such as wood molding and the use of vitreous enamel to paint moriage (raised) motifs etc. In 1870 Yamanaka Chuzaemon established a kiln in Yokkaichi-city where great numbers of delicate, thin bodied teapots made of white clay were produced for export. When this white clay became scarce, the remaining clay, rich in iron was used to make teapots on the potter’s wheel. This was how shidei teapots came to be made in Yokkaichi-city, starting a tradition that continues to this day.
The teapot you receive may differ slightly in appearance to the one shown in the photo.
This is because each piece is individually hand crafted.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice
Items with a mark come in a wooden box.
The volume of each teapot is measured at full capacity (ie. filled right up to the rim, just under the lid).
    Tachi Masaki creating a Banko teapot video clip

Wooden box Tachi Masaki
235 ml / 7.9 oz

Wooden box Tachi Masaki
270 ml / 9.1 oz

Wooden box Tachi Masaki
265 & 275 ml / 8.9 & 9.2 oz

Wooden box Tachi Masaki
275 ml / 9.2 oz

Wooden boxTachi Masaki
300 - 320 ml / 10.1 - 10.8 oz

Wooden box Tachi Masaki
310-340 ml / 10.4-11.4 oz

Banko shidei kyusu by Tachi Masaki

Tachi Masaki
150 ml / 5 oz

Tachi Masaki
150ml / 5 oz

Banko shidei kyusu by Tachi Masaki

Tachi Masaki
95 ml / 3.2 oz

Banko shidei kyusu by Tachi Masaki

Tachi Masaki
145 ml / 4.9 oz

Tachi Masaki
70ml / 2.3 oz

Tachi Masaki

Otsuki Shun

Otsuki Shun
90 ml - 145 ml / 3 oz - 4.9 oz NEW

Otsuki Shun
200 ml - 205 ml / 6.7 oz - 6.9 oz NEW

Mori Iroku IV

Banko teapot by Iroku

Iroku IV 190 ml / 6.4 oz

Banko teapot by Iroku

Iroku IV 235 ml / 7.9 oz SOLD


Mori Iroku III (1936-2014)

Banko teapot by Iroku

Wooden box Iroku III 230 ml / 7.7 oz

Banko teapot by Iroku

Wooden box Iroku III(small) 95 ml / 3.2 oz

Banko teapot by Iroku

Wooden box Iroku III 75 ml / 2.5 oz

Iroku III(small) 80 - 90 ml

Iroku III 20 ml / 06 oz SOLD OUT

Hayashi Shikou
900 ml / 30.4 oz

180 ml / 6 oz

Seigetsu kiln
160 ml / 5.4 oz

Seigetsu kiln
350 ml / 11.8 oz

Mizutani Kiyoshi





Hironaga kiln

Kawakita Handeishi & Hironaga kiln

Handeishi is exceptional in that he started his career as an amateur, without the benefit of family connections or an apprenticeship to a craftsman.

Born in Osaka in 1878 to a wealthy family, the young Handeishi showed an early interest in art. However he chose a different career path, becoming a bank director at the age of 25.
While climbing up the career ladder at the bank, Handeishi pursued his artistic studies, becoming acquainted with major figures in the art world. In 1913 he made trips to China and Korea, bringing back various types of clay.He is also reputed to have visited ancient kilns to further his knowledge of traditional techniques and glazing methods.

He also devoted a lot of energy to the practicalities, procuring land (Chitose mountain) in the city of Tsu (Mie pref.) and building his own climbing kiln. His first successful firing was in 1934.
Handeishi retired from the bank in 1942 and in 1946 moved his whole kiln from Chitose to its present location in Hase, setting up the Hironaga kiln and handing down his knowledge to his apprentices.

Handeishi's died in 1963 but the Hironaga kiln is still very active , producing a variety of wares using many different techniques. The majority of the pieces are traditional tea ware, created according to old-style methods and trusted techniques.

* Some of the pieces featured on this page are not signed. All the pieces regardless of whether or not they have marks, are guaranteed as authentic Hironaga items.

Sometsuke guinomi from Hironaga kiln Akae guinomi from Hironaga kiln Karatsu guinomi from Hironaga kiln
Wooden box Sometsuke guinomi Wooden box Akae guinomi Wooden box Karatsu guinomi
Caring for your Banko teapots
Use Banko teapots just as you would use porcelain teapots.
Rinse the inside with hot water after each use in order to eliminate the possibility of tea stains. Wipe the outside with a soft cloth and leave to dry naturally, right side up with the lid off. *Never place the pot onto direct fire.
Wiping with a soft, dry cloth gives a lustrous sheen to the pot and makes it even more pleasing to the eye. *Do not wipe inside the teapots.

Seasoning clay teapots
shidei teapots do not require any seasoning, just like most of the Tokoname teapots. However kata banko teapots do tend to have a clay smell. This can be removed by submerging the pot in a mixture of water and used tea leaves. It should take roughly between 1 to 3 days for the smell to disappear.