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YAKISHIME HIRAGATA Kyusu (handcrafted: 300ml)

Handcrafted Kyusu
Dimension: 300ml (10.55fl oz)
Traditional Tokoname Yaki
Made by Yukitaka Umehara at Gyokkoh kiln

This Kyusu has a unique color, texture and distinctive form. The warm earthen color and cute flat shape are wonderfully matched and bring an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. It is very time-consuming to produce this Kyusu and expert skills are required. This unique Kyusu teapot, created by a master potter, is sure to fascinate you.

YAKISHIME refers to pottery that has been fired at high temperatures without glaze. Since no glaze is used, the base of the pottery is simple and tasteful with the characteristics of the clay itself. It is a pottery technique that has been commonly used for tea ware since 19th century . HIRAGATA refers to the flat shape of this Kyusu teapot. Compared to normal Kyusu, the low height and flat form is very characteristic, and it gives a sense of the artisan's playfulness to those who use this Kyusu.

Mr. Yukitaka Umehara is the third generation head of Gyokkoh kiln, which has been in operation for three generations in the Tokoname region, a famous Kyusu teapot production area. He carefully creates by hand a variety of Kyusu in different colors, shapes, and sizes to suit the lifestyles of the people who use them. Mr. Umehara has perfected this YAKISHIME HIRAGATA over time, so that the handle fits perfectly in the hand of the user.

The ceramic clay of Tokoname, from which this Kyusu is made, contains iron, which reacts with the tannins in the tea to soften the astringency and make the tea mellow. The Kyusu fired using the YAKISHIME technique is also excellent at absorbing excess impurities in the tea, making it possible to brew tea in this Kyusu to create a delicious tea that cannot be tasted in any other Kyusu.

This Kyusu brings a noble and unique atmosphere, as would be expected from an artist of this caliber with steady techniques and enormous effort. To consider the effort and technique on this Kyusu, this price is absolutely reasonable. If you are searching for a teapot of exceptional first-class quality, this would certainly be ideal.

Would you try brewing Japanese green tea with this novel and genuine teapot?

This is the most popular and convenient size, perfect for 1 - 3 people.

Ceramic fine mesh filter
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that the size of the pattern is a little different in each work because of features of this work.)

Price

US$112.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$50.00 or more.

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Gyokkoh Kiln / Yukitaka Umehara

Gyokkoh Kiln was founded in 1945 by Mr. Harutaka Umehara, the first generation for this kiln. Mr. Yukitaka Umehara is the third generation head of Gyokkoh Kiln. He and several craftsmen make about 150 teapots a day by hand using a ROKURO wheel in their workshop. Mr. Yukitaka Umehara is one of the most notable Tokoname Kyusu potters, having participated in many international ceramic exhibitions and winning numerous awards. His Kyusu, which are carefully handcrafted, have inherited the tradition of Tokoname Kyusu.

(Tokoname Yaki)
Kyusu produced in the Tokoname region in the Aichi Prefecture account for 30 to 40 percent of the market share in Japan. The Kyusu industry has developed in Tokoname because fine particle soil which contains a lot of iron has been mined there for many hundreds of years.
Tokoname Yaki artisans are traditionally known for excelling in the woodturning technique. The Tokoname woodturning technique is said to be the best in Japan. Tokoname Yaki can be produced thinly, exquisitely or decoratively.
The surface of Tokoname Yaki are generally vermilion or black in color. The vermilion color is due to iron that is contained in the local soil. The black color is created by placing carbon on the surface of the Kyusu. When this is heated to a high temperature, the iron and carbon create a black color.
Tokoname Yaki are made from fine particle soil and heated to a high temperature, so that they are quite strong.

Directions

- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent. In that case, after using the chlorine detergent, we recommend you boil this item in water to remove the chlorine smell.
- When turning the Kyusu to pour tea, you must hold the lid in place with your finger, otherwise the lid could fall off the pot and possibly get damaged. This is the usual way to pour tea with a Kyusu.
- A clear plastic guard is placed over the tip of the Kyusu spout to protect the spout from breakage during transport. Before use, please remove the plastic guard.

Customer Review

No. Author Country Rating Read Date Added
01. Fiona Loy Singapore
159 04/05/2022
02. Vince (California) United States
131 04/04/2022
03. Robert United States
108 03/30/2022

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