A "kyusu" tea pot made with a traditional Banko potter ware technique in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.
A minimalistic, timeless design originally announced 50 years ago, holds the charm of a true classic that resonates with modern lifestyle.
Perfect for a quick 2-4 cups with a capacity of 240ml.
The matte black "Kuro-neri" is made with a clay rich in iron, and the non-glazed baking encourages the iron contents to show its beautiful, dark color- it is also suitable for daily use as the dark color helps tea stains to be less visible.
The white beige "Shiro-neri" is made with a clay "Haku-dei (white mud)" that was widely popular in the Taisho era, to recreate the classic beauty. The gentle and mild color complements your table at any time of the day.
By not applying glaze on the inside, the surface is uneven, which moderates the astringency, making the tea tastes milder and mellower.
The luxury to hold an unique, well-made item dear to you and to grow older with it is somehow hard to come by these days, especially with something you use every day. The beauty of non-glazed pottery is its ever changing "expression" on the surface- the color slowly deepens, and with every use it grows with you, marking the time and joy shared over a cup of tea.
*On "Kuro-neri" you may notice a reddish colored ring at the rim of the pot, where the lid sits- this is made through a process called "suri-awase (literally translates as "rub together")", to adjust the lid and the pot to fit perfectly, minimizing any gap or tilts. The red color is the clay's original color revealed.
The dome with little holes at the base of the spout works as a strainer. These holes are all hand crafted.
*Fine tea leaves/powders can pass through the straining holes, adding traditionally loved textured mouthfeel to the cup. If you would like a clearer cup, pour the tea through another strainer to serve.