Why We Love It
This Kyusu Teapot (12oz/360ml) features a rustic black and brown hue. The teapot is made of red Tokoname clay and has turned black due to reduction firing. The striking motif is created by incising the clay with a cutting tool to make a continuous pattern, and by coloring the trim of the lid and below the spout.
This teapot features a semi-handmade ceramic strainer, named sasame. Developed in Tokoname and made of clay, this filter has numerous tiny holes on its surface. The filter’s shape is manufactured by the artist, and the holes are made by using a special tool (puncher).
The tea leaves have room to spread in hot water, bringing the original taste and aroma of the tea. This traditional strainer can also be used with very fine tea leaves, such as deep-steamed tea (fukamushi sencha) but must be carefully cleaned to avoid clogging. It works perfectly with larger or curled tea leaves, such as tamaryokucha.
This teapot is suitable for any types of tea. Sencha (middle- to high-grade green tea) and kariganecha (high-grade stem tea) are especially recommended.
Why Choose a Teapot from Tokoname
Tokoname teapots and teacups are lightweight, resistant, smooth, and particularly easy to use. Green tea enthusiasts swear by the taste that Tokoname clay imparts to the tea. It is said that the iron contained in Tokoname clay softens the astringency and adds roundness to Japanese green tea. Moreover, Tokoname teapots take on a patina over time: the tea brewed in these kyusu gains in quality. Each teapot is fired with its lid placed on. Consequently, the lids are extremely airtight.
Tokoname-yaki ware is produced in the area around the town of Tokoname, in Aichi prefecture, and is one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. Tokoname is the center of teapot production in Japan: nowadays, there are numerous kilns in activity, with artisans still pursuing traditional techniques.
This teapot is handcrafted by Morimasa Kiln. The Morimasa Kiln creates vessels with traditional techniques by some of Tokoname’s most celebrated craftspeople.
Caring For Your Kyusu Teapot
After use, the teapot should be rinsed thoroughly with hot water, which will help it to dry faster. Store in a well-ventilated area, and do not replace the lid before the inside is completely dry. Pay attention to the interior of the spout, which remains wet for a long time.
- Kyusu Teapot
- Handmade in Japan
- Free gift-wrapping in Japanese furoshiki cloth
- As each handmade product is unique, there may be small differences in size, color and pattern from the photographs above.
- Size: ⌀ 4.3” (11cm), width 7.1” (18cm), height 3.7” (9.5cm)
- Capacity: 12oz (360ml)
- Code: 94910GY
I had my hopes up buying this, and I was not disappointed. This is a beautifully made teapot. The craftsmanship is just stunning!
It was a whole nice experience to get my Japanese teapot, the unboxing and making my first green tea in this kind of item. I love to use it and drink my tea every morning. It’s more practical than what I thought. Beautiful, high quality product. The letter from the founder was great but I don’t think it needs to come in a plastic bag. I am definitely buying more products from you again. I need my Japanese tea cups haha. Thank you!