Tea Pottery @ Siam Tea Shop
Developing a tea pottery line initially proved to be one of the biggest challenges since establishing Siam Tea Shop. What to offer that would meet my requirements both in terms of quality and of individuality? Cheap industrial products that would sell through nice superficial appearance? For god’s sake, no! Much rather, I finally decided on the precise opposite… Individual, 100% handcrafted pottery artworks, created according to my specifications, in functional orientation at the essential elements of tea preparation.
SiamTeas Signature Tea Pottery Line 1.0
One day, during my research, I came across the website of a Belgium-based pottery master specializing in Chinese and Japanese tea pottery. What I saw there, especially the artist’s unglazed works, enthused me right on the spot… And inspired me to the idea of a – “Signature” – tea ceramics line of my own at Siam Tea Shop. This way, I would not only achieve the targeted quality level, but also secure the highest possible degree of individuality. Plus, I made sure that no industrial processes were involved in the production of my tea ceramics products and all items would be 100% handcrafted. What a great thought … And here was the opportunity to implement it!
Unfortunately, the resulting SiamTeas Signature tea pottery line was to exist for little more than a year only. Spoiled by success, “my” pottery master decided to turn her back on commissioned work in favor of more lucrative projects. And thus also to our cooperation…
SiamTeas Signature Tea Pottery Line 2.0
Well, as the saying goes, every end is a new beginning… After talking to more than two dozen pottery masters and workshops in Europe, China and the USA, a new collaboration partner was finally found. And shortly thereafter, the new line was ready for take-off! Just like before, all items are made to my design specifications. However, the line’s new potter creator, Mrs. Katja Junker from St. Wendel, Saar, also leaves her own imprint on the items, in particular through the specific clay that she uses.
SiamTeas Signature Yuzamashi 250ml, unglazed, fine light clay
What is a “Yuzamashi”?
“Yuzamashi” is Japanese and refers to the cooling vessel often finding use in the preparation of Japanese green teas. Since quality green teas need infusion at water temperatures of 60-75°C only, the water must cool down a little after boiling. This is done most quickly and efficiently by first pouring the into a cooling vessel, before pouring over the tea leaves.
Of course, cooling vessels also find use for green tea preparation in China. Our SiamTeas Signature Yuzamashi, however, clearly draws its inspiration from the Japanese side-handle style and the classic shape of Japanese Yuzamashi.
Our Signature Yuzamashi
Like the other elements of the line, the Signature Shiboridashit is made of a fine and very light, almost white clay that develops dark speckles when firing. Actually, these are iron inclusions, i. e. droplets of iron that is a natural part of 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. The Siam Tee Signature Yuzamashi is 100% drip-free and in functional terms leaves nothing to wish for. What’s more, our cooling vessel also aestehtically is a real gem also. While the curved shape contributes to elegance, the unglazed design time emphasizes a rather robust appearance at the same time.
But why 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 natural clay vessels simply incredibly beautiful and best reflecting the simple character of tea.
Any doubts? Just give it a try … And you won’t want to use any other tea vessels anymore!
Please note ! Since each of our SiamTeas Signature Yuzamashi 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 Yuzamashi, our SiamTeas Signature Tea Ceramics 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 clay,
- The SiamTeas Signature Teapot 200ml, unglazed, fine light clay,
Moreover, teapot, shibo and yuzamashi are also available as an ensemble, of course coming with a price advantage: