Handmade, handleless teapot with built-in tea strainer known as a hōhin. Made by famed 16th generation ceramics studio Asahiyaki in Uji.
There are 150 tea strainer holes inside the body of the teapot, representing 150 years that this tea brewing vessel has been in production. Useful for brewing both sencha and gyokuro.
The celadon glaze is made in the image of the clear stream of the Uji river, where Asahiyaki's studio has been located for over 400 years. Each piece is hand-thrown, with lines made with artists' fingers intentionally left to give the pottery a warm, handmade feeling. The inside of the lid is lined with an orange mark, which is caused by char during the firing and is representative of high firing quality porcelain.
Before using it for the first time, soak it in water for 10 minutes to minimize staining.
3.93"D x 2.95"H (excluding spout). Holds 150 ml.
Materials: Porcelain, celadon glaze. Gas-fired.
From Uji, Kyoto, Japan.
A 16th generation ceramics studio, Asahiyaki is nearly synonymous with tea culture in Uji and Kyoto. The family of Matsubayashi has been perfecting the craft of celadon and unglazed teaware made from local clay in Uji since the 1600s—used by samurai, merchants, and royals, Asahiyaki initially made a name for itself along the Uji River, an important locale for commerce when much of transportation in Japan happened by boat. The family has been recognized by Japanese royal family for their work.
Today, Matsubayashi Hosai XVI carries on his family's legacy, using local clays high in iron and minerals designed to enhance the flavor in a cup of tea. A very small number of wares are produced by the studio each year, and we are honored to be able to represent them.