SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi 100ml, unglazed
The Signature Shiboridashi is made of a fine, light clay, and left unglazed. When firing, the almost white clay develops dark speckles, which are iron inclusions, i. e. droplets of iron contained in the clay. In addition, different shades of color arise, forming a visually discreet, but nevertheless appealing stripe pattern. What’s more, not only in aesthetic, but also in functional terms the 100ml tea preparation vessel leaves nothing to wish for.
For more information and illustration, please refer to the detailed product description below.
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 Shiboridashi in Tea Preparation
The “shiboridashi” or “shibo” is a tea-making jar that as such is typical of Japan. While it is quite similar to the Chinese “gaiwan”, the shiboridashi has a set of characteristics of its own. Unlike the Gaiwan, it only serves to prepare tea and not as a drinking vessel. It therefore has a chute for decanting the tea into the drinking vessel. Integrated in this is a strainer function consisting of several grooves running in the chute.
Obviously, in Japan the shiboridashi finds use predominantly in the preparation of Japanese Green Teas. Nevertheless, it is also suitable for the preparation of other types of tea. This applies particularly to the preparation of oolong teas over a series of infusions
The SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi 100ml, unglazed
Like the line’s other elements, the Signature Shiboridashi is made of a fine and light and left unglazed. When firing, the almost white clay develops dark speckles, which are iron inclusions, i. e. droplets of iron 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, our Signature Shiboridashi, in line with ancient Japanese standards, accommodates well 100 ml of liquid, plus the corresponding amount of tea leaves. The shapely, elegant Shiboridashi pours drip-free, and you can touch and handle it at the rim even in hot condition. Regular rinsing with warm water will help preventing the formation of patina. However, many tea lovers will appreciate the patina.
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 individually hand-crafted, virtually every specimen is unique. Therefore, minor deviations in shape and capacity may occur between individual specimens.
Other elements of our SiamTeas Signature Tea Ceramics Line
Besides the shiboridashi, our SiamTeas Signature Tea Ceramics line includes the following elements in orientation at the core requirements for the casual or ritual tea preparation:
- SiamTeas Signature Teapot 200ml, unglazed, fine light clay
- SiamTeas Signature Yuzamashi 250ml, unglazed, fine light clay
- The SiamTeas Signature Tea Cup 70ml, light grey clay with white interior glaze
- SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi Set 120ml, light grey clay with white interior and spontaneous glaze, set with tea cup
- SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi 100ml, light grey clay with white interior glaze
Teapot, shibo and yuzamashi by Katja Junker are also available as an ensemble, of course coming with a price advantage: