SiamTeas Signature Kyusu Teapot 200ml, light yellow clay, unglazed
Our SiamTee Signature Kyusu teapot, 200ml, is made of a fine, light yellow clay that develops black speckles with firing. In addition, different shades of color are created that form a subtle, visually appealing striped pattern. Pouring 100% drop-free, while the ergonomically shaped side handle enables easy handling even in hot condition and the integrated spout strainer keeps leaf parts from pouring into your tea cup, the unglazed SiamTeas Signature teapot leaves nothing to wish in functional terms, too.
For more information and illustration, please refer to the detailed product description below.
SiamTeas Signature Kyusu Teapot – click pictures to enlarge
Tea Pottery @ Siam Tea Shop – The Signature Line
All elements of the SiamTee Signature line are individually handcrafted pottery aworks of art according to my specifications, taking orientation on the elementary instruments of tea preparation. For this purpose, the Siam Tea Shop collaborates with 2 reputed German master potters with relevant specialization. While the Lower Saxon pottery master Karina Klages has had an international reputation in the field of teaware for several years, Katja Junker initially earned her spurs in general ceramics and, eventually finding a higher calling through Siam Tea Shop.
The clay typically used is a major coining factor of each of the 2 artists’ work. In addition, there there are specific individual style features that are characteristic for any artisan’s work. The goal of the Signature Tea Pottery line was to merge such artist-specific characteristics aesthetically and functionally with those of classic role models. In addition to a tendency towards simplicity in design, there is an aesthetic focus on the nature of the clay. The line therefore often works with unglazed surfaces, highlighting the color and structure of the respective clay.
In line with the aesthetic concept, the functional dimension of the elements of the signature line is based on a philosophy of simplistic perfectionism. This means that the respective function of a vessel finds a rather uncomplicated implementation with focus on smoothest possible use. This in turn harmonizes perfectly with the basic aesthetic concept of simple natural beauty.
The Kyusu Teapot (Sidehandle Teapot) in Tea Preparation
The teapot is one of the most elementary, if not THE most elementary instrument of tea preparation. That is why it is also a core element of SiamTeas’ signature tea pottery line.
The side handle teapot or “Kyusu” is a tea preparation vessel that in this form is typical for Japan. At this, it’s a common misconception that a kyusu is necessarily a side handle teatpot. The word Kyusu actually only means teapot, although it mostly refers to a teapot with a side handle. In order to enable the tea leaves’ loose placing in the vessel for pouring over, such vessels usually have an internal spout or panoramic strainer. While panoramic strainers rather represent the industrial style, the spout strainer integrated into the clay work proves the artistry of the pottery master with handcrated pieces. After brewing, you simply pour the finished tea into tea cups. Then you refill the vessel with hot water for another infusion.
SiamTeas Signature Kyusu Teapot 200ml, light yellow clay with dark iron speckles
The Kyusu teapot is made from a fine and very light yellow, almost white clay that develops dark speckles when fired. Actually, these are iron inclusions, i. e. droplets of iron that is contained in the clay. In addition, different shades of color arise, forming a visually discreet, but nevertheless appealing stripe pattern. As the pictures on this page vividly illustrate, the perceived color of the teapot changes with the light and surroundings. In terms of size, the Signature Kyusu teapot, based on traditional standards, holds 200 ml of liquid plus the required amount of tea leaves.
The shapely Kyusu teapot pours drip-free, while the ergonomically shaped side handle enables easy handling even in hot condition. The integrated spout strainer ensures that no leaf parts make it into the tea bowl. Regular cleaning with warm water can help prevent patina from forming. However, many tea lovers will certainly appreciate the patina, too.
Obviously, in Japan the side handle teapot finds use predominantly in the preparation of Japanese Green teas. Nevertheless, it is similarly suitable for preparing Chinese green teas or also other types of tea.
But why is it unglazed?
Well, why unglazed …. First of all, it were natural, unglazed works that had initially inspired me. On the one hand, because the natural clay greatly emphasizes the connection between the soil and the tea leaves. Then, because the desirable properties of clay with tea preparation will show best this way. And thirdly, I found the unglazed vessels simply incredibly beautiful and best reflecting the simple character of tea.
Please note ! Since each of our SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi is an individual handicraft, virtually every specimen is unique. Therefore, minor deviations in shape and capacity may occur between individual specimens.
Other elements of the SiamTeas Signature Tea Pottery Line
Besides my Signature teapot, the SiamTeas Signature tea pottery line includes the following elements in orientation at the core requirements for the casual or ritual tea preparation:
- The SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi 100ml, unglazed, fine light yellow clay
- SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi Set with Tea Cup 120ml, light grey clay with white interior and spontaneous glaze
- The SiamTeas Signature Yuzamashi 250ml, unglazed, fine light yellow clay
- The SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi 100ml, light grey clay with white interior glaze
- SiamTeas Signature Tea Cup 70ml, light grey clay with white interior glaze
- The SiamTeas Signature Backhandle Teapot, 200ml, unglazed, light gray clay
- The SiamTeas Signature Backhandle Teapot, 200ml, unglazed, fine light yellow clay
- SiamTeas Signature Sidehandle Teapot, unglazed, light gray clay
- SiamTeas Signature Gaiwan 120ml, light gray clay, white inner glaze
Teapot (optionally backhandle or sidehandle), shibo and yuzamashi by Katja Junker are also available as an ensemble, of course coming with a price advantage: