A simple interpretation of the classic flat Japanese teapot grown out of a collaboration between Oji Masanori, Susumuya tea-house, and Tatsuo Umehara, third generation potter at Hokuryu Kiln, who carefully turns each piece separately on a wheel, before assembling the parts and precisely fitting the lid.
The teapots are left unglazed, the colour developing during firing as the surface of the red Tokoname clay turns a deep even black - a porous finish which will develop and change over time. We recommend hand washing, without any use of detergent, so as to avoid any discolouration in the rich black texture of the pot.
When you look back in the history of Japanese tea, "tea tools" have changed in shape and style through time, reflecting each era.
Oji Masanori collaborates with tea professionals from SUSUMUYA as well as with Japan's most outstanding craftsmen to create "tea tools for enjoying delicious Japanese tea in everyday life." These simple yet timeless forms create tools for the everyday life that can last forever, which we hope you can cherish and enjoy for many years to come.