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Tea ceramics @ Siam Tea Shop
For a while, developing a new tea-ceramic line proved to be one of the biggest challenges since the establishment of Siam Tea Shop. Originally, I had managed to source ancient, hand-made teapots and other tea accessories from China. My source was a market in Doi Mae Salong, North Thailand, where these old quality handcrafts were available at a more than reasonable price. At that time, there was still a “green” border between North Thailand and China.
Today, there is no more such green border, and that market has lost much of its attractiveness since. However, after investigations towards the actual source had led to the conclusion that such goods were no longer produced or available, I was up the creek without a paddle. What would I offer at Siam Tee Shop that would meet my quality and individuality requirements? Cheap industrial products that would sell through nice visual appearance? For god’s sake, no… Alternatively, however, importing high-quality tea pottery across the distance from China would be rather difficult.
Later, we added a comparatively easy-to-source line of Japanese tea pottery: Kyusu teapots, yuzamashi, Japanese tea cups and, of course, matcha bowls. Still, the future of Siam Tea Shop’s Chinese tea pottery line remained uncertain.
The SiamTeas Signature Tea Pottery Line
Until one day, when I stumbled upon the website of a Belgian pottery master, specialized in Chinese and Japanese tea pottery. What I saw there, especially the artist’s unglazed works, fascinated me right away. And inspired me to the idea of a “Signature” tea ceramics line at Siam Tea Shop.
This way, I would not only be able to match the targeted quality, but also achieve a particularly high degree of individuality. And I could ensure that no industrial processes would be part of the production of my tea ceramics. Plus, everything would be 100% handmade. What a great idea … And here was the opportunity to make it happen.
Such motivated, I contacted the artist and talked to her about my idea. At this, the individual elements of the line were to be based on existing works of the artist, but according to my own specifications. The rest is history … And today, you can find the results here at Siam Tea Shop.
SiamTeas Signature Tea Ceramics Ensemble, unglazed
The Ensemble Option
Because the 3 core elements of the SiamTeas Signature Tea Ceramics line are children of the same creative and functional spirit, they create a very beautiful ensemble. As such, we would like to offer these elements. And of course with a price advantage! Who earns the SiamTeas Signature Yixing teapot, the SiamTeas Signature Shiboridashi and the SiamTeas Signature Yuzamashi in the ensemble, saves around 20, – Euro compared to the sum of the individual prices.
The shiboridashi and the yuzamashi are especially a pair per se. As Shiboridashi is preferably used for the preparation of green teas, the addition of a cooling vessel is formally required. For green teas are usually poured between 60 ° C and 75 ° C, whereby the water before cooking is to be brought. The water temperature drops by about 10 ° C when the boiling hot water is transferred into the cooling vessel. And the strong walls of the Yuzamashi do one more thing to cool the water very quickly to the desired temperature. Thus, the cooling vessel initially saves (waiting) time for the tea preparation. In addition, it brings harmonious flow into any ritual tea preparation and enriches it with a playful as well as an aesthetic element.
Covering the spectrum of teas
The benefits of Shiboridashi and Yuzamashi are also very useful in the preparation of particularly lightly oxidized oolong teas as well as some white teas. And for the preparation of all other teas …. there is nothing better than the Yixing teapot! All three elements of the ensemble are based on the same traditional standards. Therefore they fit not only functionally, but also visually very well. This effect is further supported by the unglazed execution of all three elements proposed by us.
But why unglazed?
Well, why unglazed …. First of all, it was the artist’s raw, non-glazed works, which had originally inspired me. Then, contemplating about the matter, I remembered why. On the one hand, because the natural clay greatly emphasizes the connection between the soil and the tea leaves. And thereby that between the soil and the tea. 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 the tea.
Any doubts? Just give it a try … And you won’t want to use any other tea vessels anymore!
You will find detailed descriptions of each of the 3 elements and their respective properties through the following links:
Shiboridashi 100ml, unglazed, fine yellow clay
Yuzamashi 250ml, unglazed, coarse red clay
Yuzamashi 250ml, unglazed, fine yellow clay
Yixing Teapot 200ml, unglazed, fine red clay
Yixing Teapot 200ml, unglazed, fine yellow clay
Please note ! Since each of our SiamTeas Signature tea ceramics is individually hand-crafted, virtually every specimen is unique. Therefore, minor deviations in shape and capacity may occur between individual specimens.
Another element of our SiamTeas Signature Tea Ceramics line is
The SiamTeas Signature Porcelain Tea Cup 50ml, white, glazed