Iwachu, located in Morioka, is known for making skillfully crafted iron ware. This tetsubin, or cast iron pot, is a perfect marriage of classic form and function and modern deign and simplicity. The traditional arare pattern is achieved by painstakingly carving each bump into the mold before casting. Unlike traditional tetsubin, this pot has an enamel coat inside, making it easy to clean and not susceptible to rust. Because of this coating, it is ideal for steeping a multitude of teas without the potential of seasoning the metal. This pot can hold 22oz. of tea but it is not recommended to heat it over an open flame, as it can crack the enamel coating. Each pot has a large mesh strainer that can be left in or removed, depending on your preferred steeping style.
*The wooden tray is not included, but can be purchased separately*
This is one of the most versatile pots to have in your collection. Made of borosilicate glass, this 650ml pot can go right on the stove to boil water or be used to infuse teas. It's great when you need to simmer herbs for a long period or just heat up water to steep in your other pots. The simple and elegant style makes it visually appealing to have at the tea table, compared to a bulky kettle.
It features a steam hole at the top as well as a spring strainer hooked onto the spout to strain out any leaves. When boiled, let the pot rest for a minute before handling, or use a hanky to protect your hand.
Made from mutton fat jade, this tea set is not only beautiful, but tough too. Everything you see here gets nestled into a bag and tucked into a molded travel case. The porcelain has a translucent quality to it with mountains painted on the sides. The dark glass pitcher has thick walls for durability and adds a little drama to the set. You can either play it neutral and choose a forest green case or embrace your inner diva with the patterned case.
I have brought this around the world with me and it is still in perfect shape. I even let my 5-year-old make tea and he has not even chipped it yet. It's a great set!
Whether you're an avid traveler, or just looking for an afternoon picnic, it's always important to protect your teaware on the way. These padded bags are big enough to keep your favorite gaiwan or teacup safe on the go!