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Handcrafted Kyusu made from the infamous red clay of TOKONAME which has been fired in low oxygen to turn the clay a black colour. The filter is made of clay as opposed to stainless steel which not only makes the appearance more attractive but means that your tea is brewed completely in clay.
Tokoname is one of Japan's six most important ancient kiln towns.
The special feature of Tokoname yaki is the red clay (Shudei). Clay is mixed with iron oxide without the use of glaze.
This iron results in the red colour distinct to Tokoname yaki. This Yokode Kyusu (Teapot with a side handle) has an exterior that is glazed and unglazed. Inside the Kyusu is an in-built ceramic strainer to ensure the full flavours of the tea leaves are passed through the spout.
The weighting and balance make it a joy to use and the lid is tight-fitting to reduce leakage.
As always with clay teaware, do not use any detergents! To clean, all then you have to do is thoroughly rinse out the tea leaves and leave to dry with the lid off.