Porcelain Kyusu - Large (13oz)
This large Porcelain Teapot, which is specially designed and handcrafted for Ippodo, holds approximately 400 ml of hot water and makes 4 to 6 cups of tea. Its large opening at the top makes it easy to put tea leaves in and remove them afterwards.
At about 330 grams, it may feel a little heavy at first, but as you get used to using it, it will come to feel like an extension of your own hand. This unique teapot even makes the simple act of pouring tea a joy.
The Kiyomizu-yaki tradition began in Kyoto City in the 16th century. Works range from beautiful everyday utensils, to refined works of art displayed in museums. For our Large Porcelain Kyusu—a favorite for local Kyoto-ites’ daily bancha—we chose to work with an artisan from the Kiyomizu-yaki tradition dear to us in Kyoto.
The teapot's design facilitates tea making by having a small, half-dome-shaped, non-removable ceramic strainer built into its spout that prevents clogging with both fine, powdered tea and large tealeaves like bancha.
One of the keys to making delicious tea is to make sure to pour out every last drop from the teapot. In order to make this easy to achieve, the teapot is designed with the spout located perpendicular to the handle so that it naturally points downwards as you twist your right hand.
The design achieves maximum simplicity while prioritizing functionality.
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So far I've used it for my taiwanese milky oolongs and gyokuro from here and it works great! It's very lovely, and has a nice hold to it. The porcelain definitely has a delicate, and high quality to it and it also has a great filter on the inside. I was originally going to get the smaller version but I think bigger, is better in this case :)