Bizen has a history dating back a thousand years. It became very popular in ritual tea ceremonies among generals during the late 16th century wars, and was often given as gifts for the emperor or shogun in the 17th century.
Bizen clay has a high iron content, giving it a traditional red base colour. The unique and various patterns on the pottery are created when brown ash from burnt pine tree logs moulds itself onto the pieces in a kiln reaching 1200℃. This high temperature causes the ash to disintegrate and a chemical reaction turns it into glass, producing earthenware that is incredibly hard. The patient craftsmen of Bizen find pride in creating their pottery then placing them in the kiln, keeping the logs burning for two weeks day and night, all the while praying to the god of fire. This humble tradition has carried Bizen’s artisans for over a thousand years, and you will never see the same pattern in any Bizen pottery. The individual pottery design you see here is the only one in the world! Basic simplicity, warmth, and the feel of the earth: these are the key facets to the love of Bizen.
1000 years of history
The breathtaking Bizen tea pots introduced here hail from Konishi Touko Pottery in Inbe, the home of Bizen ware, in Okayama on the south coast of Honshu. The craftsmen at Konishi Touko Pottery add charcoal just before putting out the kiln fire, giving unpredictable patterns on the pieces. The teapot itself is deceptively light in weight, and suits either English tea or Japanese green tea.