Black Ceramic Teapot with Ring Handle (L)

Black Ceramic Teapot with Ring Handle (L)

115.00

The Kyūsu ‘急須’ (teapot) is a traditional stoneware that is specially designed for brewing Japanese green tea. Renowned for its elegance, these historic teapots grew out of Tokoname and its designs were refined as the sencha tea ceremony became common practice during the Edo period. Unlike other types of mass produced teapots, a Tokoname clay teapot is delicately hand turned on the potter’s wheel with each component of the teapot cast separately and assembled together by the skilled craftsman. It is designed with a comparatively small body that allows for short but intense infusions.

Traditionally, there are two common types of Kyūsu - the yokode Kyusu (side handle teapot) and the ushirode handle (ring handle teapot). The side-handled teapot has a hollow handle and it is designed to ease the action of pouring, by placing the right thumb firmly over the lid and tilting it to the side in one motion. This requires minimum effort and adds elegance to movement, particularly when pouring tea to guests in a traditional Japanese room. Similarly, the ring handle teapot has a rear handle that is safe to touch while pouring, as the heat retentive clay becomes extremely hot when brewing tea. The spout is carefully designed to avoid dripping after pouring.

The Black Ceramic Teapot is made out of highly porous and iron-rich clay. This wide-bodied teapot is designed with a very fine sesame filter which consists of a series of small holes created on a piece of clay and attached inside the base of the spout. The built-in strainer gives the loose tea leaves ample room to expand and steep freely when brewing directly against the unglazed clay. The clay absorbs the flavors over time and allows for optimum infusion, while the iron absorbs the astringency of tea and improves the taste of water. Combined with the easy-to-grip handle, these distinct features of Tokoname-yaki make for a highly functional teapot that is ideal for bringing out maximum flavor when brewing delicate teas such as sencha or gyokuro.

Dimensions: 19 x W12.5 x H8cm

Material: Black Clay

Place of Origin: Tokoname, Japan

Before First Use: Rinse the teapot with water before first use to remove residual clay and dirt.

Instructions for Care: To remove the used tea leaves inside the built-in strainer, gently scrub away using a small brush. Wash with water and dry well after each use. Store in a well-ventilated area after air drying.

Caution: Do not wash with washing detergent or put in a dishwasher. Do not scrub the inside of the teapot with an abrasive brush as this may permanently scratch the teapot. Do not use as a stove-top kettle. Handle with care and avoid burns as the teapot becomes extremely hot.

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