SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi Set 120ml with Tea Bowl – 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 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.
SiamTee Signature Shiboridashi 120ml Set with Tea Cup, light grey with white interior and spontaneous glaze
The basic material of the Shiboridashi and accompanying tea cup by the Lower Saxony tea pottery master Karina Klages is a fine-grained light grey clay. The fine-sand, rough surface emerging during firing helps the outer surfaces of the vessel to best haptic properties. Together with the simple, functional design, it also shapes the aesthetics and visual appearance of the tea vessels. Another functional and aesthetic element of both vessels is the white glaze covering bottom and inner wall up to the fill level. On the one hand, this eases the cleaning of the vessel after use. On the other hand, the thin glaze coat with the base color translucent at the raised points forms an appealing visual contrast to the natural clay color of the upper edge area and the outer wall.
The spontaneous glaze the artist applies to the outside wall of both Shiboridashi and tea cup serves purely aesthetic purposes. Color and style of this are in line with the white inner glaze of the vessels and appears optically as an extension of the same.
Shiboridashi and tea bowl each hold approx. 120 ml of liquid, the Shiboridashi plus the required amount of tea leaves. A filling of the Shiboridashi provides exactly one filling of the bowl. The shape and color of the tea bowl is also based on the preparation vessel, taking into account the basic functional requirements of a drinking bowl. 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.
Why so sparsely glazed?
Well, why so sparsely glazed… First of all, it were natural, unglazed works that had initially inspired me to the line. 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 100ml, light grey clay with white interior glaze
- SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi 100ml, fine light clay, unglazed