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Tom Butcher Japanese Teapot


  • Made by Tom Butcher (Brighton, England)
  • Limited Edition
  • Hand thrown ceramic stoneware
  • Dimensions: Ø13 x H7.5 cm




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Hand thrown stoneware teapot – Japanese inspired, with cane handle.

Tea ceremony – Japanese chadō or sadō “way of tea”, time-honoured institution in Japan, rooted in the principles of Zen Buddhism and founded upon the reverence of the beautiful in the daily routine of life. It is an aesthetic way of welcoming guests, in which everything is done according to an established order.

Ritual tea drinking, which originated in China, was first practiced in Japan during the Kamakura period (1192–1333) by Zen monks, who drank tea to keep awake during long sessions of meditation. It later became an active part of Zen ritual honouring the first patriarch, Bodhidharma (Japanese: Daruma). During the 15th century it came to be a gathering of friends in an isolated atmosphere to drink tea and discuss the aesthetic merits of paintings, calligraphy, and flower arrangements displayed in the tokonoma or quite often to discuss the merits of the tea utensils themselves.

Functional tableware, inspired both by the Japanese principle of Wabi-Sabi, where imperfections are necessary for full appreciation of the object, together with Scandinavian simplicity of form and tone.



  • Product code: 10021
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Made in: Brighton, England
  • Brand/maker: Tom Butcher
  • Diameter: 13cm
  • Height: 7.5cm

Material & Care

Stoneware, crane handle

Care: Handwash only


Tom Butcher 

Brighton based potter, with 20 plus years of experience of working with both hospitality and retail clients, as well as supplying bespoke plates and bowls to some of the most highly rated fine dining restaurants in the UK.

I started my career at Brighton University and went on to teach in Hackney, East London. it was a long term and slightly distant dream to be able to make a living as a full time potter.

I moved and settled to the shores of Loch Long, Scotland, where I overlooked the Arrochar Alps, surrounded by the inspirational scenery of the Loch Lomond. Inspired by back to basics rustic living, my first range originated as simple, functional items designed for family and friends.

Two decades later having come full circle, I returned to the sunny south and the sea, to refine a collection of functional tableware, inspired both by the Japanese principle of Wabi-Sabi (where imperfections are necessary for full appreciation of the object) together with Scandinavian simplicity of form and tone.

Rarely available for direct retail, I relaunch a few core multi-functional and robust pieces ideal for everyday living.

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