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Teapot Evaluation Technique Using Tea

The mesurement of volume is conducted using glass beads. There is some measurement errors about 10-15% of the indicated volume.

Iga Natural Red Clay that enhances the body

I wanted to find the clay that enhances the body and widens the taste of tea on palate. The clay that enhances the body is suitable for fermented teas, such as oolong, black tea and raw pu-erh. It also works well for green tea and all other types of tea. The flavour of green tea becomes very rich if this clay is used. With stronger body, you may feel the sweetness around the palate at the side of mouth and it lingers for a while. Based on my experience, it is less difficult to find the clay teapot that increases the after taste. Some metal ware such as iron kettle and tin will increases the aftertaste too. However, it is quite hard to find the clay that enhances body.

I assumed that the clay in either Shigaraki or Iga area may increases body. It is because the sake, tea and water in these areas give very strong body. The Iga and Shigaraki used to be the bottom of the Biwa Lake back in a few hundred million years ago. The soil in these places is very rich in alkaline minerals and it enhances the body when it is used for the teapot or other tea ware. Generally, Iga and Shigaraki is known for the white clay. However, these places also produce very special red clay (朱泥) too.

The surface of teapot becomes moist

When tea was left in the Iga clay teapot for a while, we observed that the surface of teapot gets moisten. It is because this clay is very porous.This property is deminishing after using it for some time as the clay is sealed by the minerals eluted from tea. Some old Yi Xing clay teapots also do have the same property.

We supplied clay for Murata Yoshiki and ask him to produce teapot for us

Murata Yoshiki is the potter of Tokoname. He is specialized purely in making teapot.

Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot Oxidation Fire by Murata Yoshiki

The production yield of Iga clay teapot is extremely low due to the less elastic character of clay. For example, out of 3 models the artist produces, we can only recover one teapot. The 2/3 of teapots get cracked during frying or firing. Due to the difficulty in craftmanship and low yeild, the price of Iga natural red clay tea ware is relatively higher than other clay.

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Y076 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 380ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y077 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 160ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y078 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 150ml Paper Box JPY19500 Y079 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 160ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y080 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 160ml Paper Box JPY19500 Y081 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 160ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y082 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 160ml Paper Box JPY19500 Y083 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 160ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y084 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 140ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y085 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 150ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y088 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 150ml Paper Box JPY19500 Y089 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 150ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y105 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 150ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y108 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 200ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y124 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 200ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y125 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 200ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y126 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 230ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y127 Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot 200ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y119 Iga Natural Red Clay Shiboridashi 50ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y120 Iga Natural Red Clay Shiboridashi 50ml Paper Box JPY19500
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Y121 Iga Natural Red Clay Shiboridashi 50ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD Y122 Iga Natural Red Clay Shiboridashi 50ml Paper Box JPY19500 SOLD
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Y114 Iga Natural Red Clay Pitcher 250ml Paper Box JPY12000 Y115 Iga Natural Red Clay Pitcher 250ml Paper Box JPY12000 SOLD
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Y116 Iga Natural Red Clay Pitcher 150ml Paper Box JPY12000 Y117 Iga Natural Red Clay Pitcher 140ml Paper Box JPY12000
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Y118 Iga Natural Red Clay Pitcher 150ml Paper Box JPY12000 Y113 Iga Natural Red Clay Pitcher 250ml Paper Box JPY12000 SOLD

Junzo Maekawa

Japanese teapot

We worked side by side with Junzo Maekawa who is the artist from Tokoname. He has a very unique back ground. He studied engineering in university. His logical approach makes teapots very functional.

Iga Natural Red Clay Teapot

The production yield of Iga clay teapot is extremely low due to the less elastic character of clay. For example, out of 3 models the artist produces, we can only recover one teapot. The 2/3 of teapots get cracked during frying or firing. Due to the difficulty in craftmanship and low yeild, the price of Iga natural red clay tea ware is relatively higher than other clay.
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All Iga wares come with direct hole filter holes  
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MY037 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY029 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY043 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY044 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 180ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY045 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 160ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY046 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 160ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY055 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 160ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY057 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 160ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY062 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY063 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY064 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY065 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY066 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY067 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY076 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY088 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500 
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MY078 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 110ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY079 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY083 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 110ml Paper Box JPY16500 MY081 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 100ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY086 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 110ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY087 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 120ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY100 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY101 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY102 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY103 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 140ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY104 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 160ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY105 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 160ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY106 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY107 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD
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MY108 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY109 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY110 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY111 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY112 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY113 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 140ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY114 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY115 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY116 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY117 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY118 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 140ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY119 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY120 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY121 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY122 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500  MY123 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 150ml Paper Box JPY16500
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MY124 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 120ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD MY125 Iga Natural Red Clay Hohin 130ml Paper Box JPY16500 SOLD

Kobiwako Clay Teapot

We found this clay near the borders of Iga and Shigaraki where it used to be at the bottom of the Biwa Lake way back 4-6 million years ago. The clay from these areas is rich in alkaline mineral such as calcium and potassium that contributes a lot to the body of a tea. In addition, Kobiwako clay is very rich in iron content and the particle size of iron exists in Kobiwako clay is very small thanks to natural decomposition. We tested a number of clays from Kobiwako area and finally we found this clay after spending more than two years of effort.

The Kobiwako clay improves the after taste as well as body. Based on our experiments, this clay is suitable for all types of tea.

For those who wish to combine with tetsubin, here is our finding: