Iwachu Temari Ball Tetsukyusu Tea Pot

Traditional cast-iron tea-brewing pot

The flat design is best known in the west but the cast-iron pots and kettles called tetsukyusu or tetsubin that have been produced in the Tohoku region of Japan come in various shapes and even colors, making them an object that has drawn the attention of collectors of Japanese crafts, regardless if they are tea drinkers or not. Among makers of these simple and elegant pots, Iwachu in Morioka stands out both because it has been around since the beginning of the 20th century (it was founded in 1901), and also because it keeps its lineup fresh with new models. Like the Iwachu Temari Ball Tetsukyusu Tea Pot!

Like all kyusu-type pots, the Iwachu Temari Ball Tetsukyusu Tea Pot is not for boiling water but just for brewing tea. This is why it comes with a tea strainer, big enough to allow your tea leaves to spread freely and let out all their flavors. It is 16 x 14 x 14.5 cm (6.3 x 5.5. x 5.7") and has a capacity of 650 ml (22 fl oz), but what makes it really special is that it comes in five beautiful colors/patterns (charcoal, coral, lapis lazuli, fresh leaves, and iris) and with a unique traditional motif of temari balls that make it stands out from the usual designs of tetsubin or tetsukyusu!

Specs and Features:

  • Colors: charcoal, coral, lapis lazuli, fresh leaves, iris
  • Inside and underside of the lid are enameled
  • Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 14.5 cm (6.3 x 5.5. x 5.7")
  • Weight: approx. 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs)
  • Capacity (full): 650 ml (22 fl oz)
  • Material: cast iron
  • Not to be used for boiling water
  • Comes with tea strainer
  • Made by historic Morioka maker Iwachu (founded in 1901)
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US$ 142
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