Dimension: 300ml (10.55fl oz)
Traditional Tokoname Yaki
Made by Tatsuo Umehara
KIN means gold, and INKA means flower stamping patterns of petals or plants in Japanese. Golden color spirals are stamped in a defined pattern around this teapot.
Although the shape of KIN INKA is similar to an iron teakettle and very traditional, it gives us the feeling of something warm with a great presence. It is very difficult to make such a unique shape in woodturning, and seldom seen in an earthenware teapot.
This shape not only creates its uniqueness but also its dignity. On the upper body and lid of the teapot, golden color of spirals are stamped by hand, using the technique known as INKA. The same technique is used in Kyo Yaki style, and it adds accent to the teapot. Golden color fills each spiral, and its process of decoration is complex. After carving spirals, golden color is painted in each spiral and wiped away, and its design is baked onto the teapot. Its decoration is a complicated process, but its unevenness accelerates the WABI-SABI atmosphere. The clay color called SHUDEI, which is typical for Tokoname Yaki is reddish brown, but the method of carbon reduction turns its color to black. Extent of carbon reduction decides its color from dark brown to black. This technique is one of the traditional crafts of the Tokoname region, yet its appearance is refined and modern.
This teapot has a great presence in terms of design, painting and shape. It will certainly enrich the taste and flavor of Japanese green tea.
Specially packaged in a carton box.
Ceramic fine mesh filter
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)