Tsubomi teapot copper white (550 cc)
Japanese cast iron teapot (550 cc) with stainless steel infuser. Foundries: Oigen
A fine example of the Japanese art of cast iron, this copper white teapot comes in the traditional shape known as Tsubomi (Bud).
The special sand blasted workmanship combines tradition and innovation , making this teapot a beautiful decoration object too. Internally enamelled and fitted with stainless steel filter, it is perfect for making tea and keep it hot for a long time. The cast iron teapots are traditionally known in Japan as Tetsubin.It is not known exactly when the cast-iron teapots appeared in Japan, but their use is probably linked to the affirmation of the leaf tea made by infusion in contrast to the powdered tea used in the traditional tea ceremony, codified at the end of 1500. Soon, from being a mere domestic object, the Tetsubin became a real status symbol, with ever more elaborate designs in relief. One of the prefectures most renowned for cast iron teapots is Iwate, where the manufacture of cast iron is passed down from generation to generation. Cast iron is the product of the melting of iron poured into moulds and the process is completely hand craft. Almost all steps - from design, to mould, stain, are made by hand - to create a refined long-lasting object.