This is SHIHA TEAPOT SHOP's (SHIHA TEA & COMFORT) Original teapot. Collaborate with a Tokoname Teapot Artist, Koie Hiroshi.
Teapot for Tea lovers
We made it because tea lovers would like to simple, good clay, pretty red teapot with good size.
Red Clay in Tokoname Japan
Body & lid is rather thin and light. Clay is fine, Texture is smooth.
Water flow is good. Stopping water is good, too. Lid is just fit.
To satisfy tea lovers need,
* Right-size to brew tea (200-210ml)
* Good clay - Make taste of tea richer (especially green tea)
* Simple - Simple & natural are basic mind of tea.
Artist: KOIE HIROSHI (REIKO)
Koie Hiroshi has been accredited as the holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property by Tokoname City of Japan.
His style of works is CLASSICAL and ELEGANT. Not only total impression, even detail parts (lid, lid knob, openings of teapot, curves...) have the taste. It satisfies your aesthetic sense.
He makes tea ware for Sencha tea ceremony. It means that his works are selected and used by masters of Japanese Sencha Ceremony. Only selected artists and studios make tea ware for Sencha tea ceremony in Japan.
Please read about Sencha tea ceremony ware. https://shihateacomfort.com/reikocups/
Special Red Clay:
KOIE HIROSHI's Red Clay is very fine. You may able to tell from the photos. He mixed clay taken UNDRER THE POND of Tokoname 20 YEARS AGO and one from 40 YEARS AGO.
After purification, the clay became smooth and fine– and then clay has natural shine(gloss) and become more tasteful. As you use it will have more shine(gloss).
The texture gives you calmness in your mind, every time your eyes catch the teapot, it will bring you a joy.
All the process of teapot making has been done by Reiko himself alone. From clay selection to firing. Holes on strainer was also made by himself, please see the last photo.