A small hourglass for tea brewing made using crushed sand from Uji, Kyoto, Japan. The timer elapses 90 seconds, appropriate for brewing sencha, or turn over once to brew gyokuro (360 seconds). Made as a collaboration between Asahiyaki and Maker Tokyo Glass Crafts.
Materials: glass, Asahiyaki pottery sand
Made in 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.