At the Gyokko 玉光 studio in Tokoname, Mr. Hirotaka Umehara creates designs using a potter’s wheel for manufacturing. Mr. Hirotaka Umehara is a second-generation artisan of ceramic wares. Tokoname was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan and is also famed for Buddhist and Shinto shrine statue artisans. Tokoname is often considered to be the sister city of Yixing. This teapot is crafted without using glaze to highlight natural coloring of the clay. Featuring a clay mesh sasame filter, this type of teapot is suitable for a variety of teas, especially premium sencha and gyokuro. The flat bottom lends itself to allow for infusions using the tracking method when brewing gyokuro. Due to its porous nature, this teapot would be best suited to use for one type of tea from the beginning.
Potter's clay blendThis kyusu has a rough finish that will develop a rich patina with time. Clay colors may differ from photographed product due to the special clay.Volume
Use hot water to clean out kyusu before initial use. Do not use soap.
After brewing tea, use your hands to ensure all tea leaves are removed and rinse thoroughly. Use the faucet to run water back into the spout to remove any residual leaf or particulate. Do not use sponges or cloths to wipe down the clay, as fibers may become lodged in the kyusu. Air dry the kyusu and lid and only store when the kyusu is completely dry.
Please note: Natural variations can occur with handcrafted pottery. Superficial variations (glaze colors, glaze patterns etc.) are not indicative of defects. Handcrafted teaware is final sale and non-returnable.