In the shadow of Mt. Iwate in northeastern Japan, artisans have been making iron teapots, or tetsubin, for 400 years, drawing iron ore from the mountain, charcoal from the forests and sand for the molds from the Kitakami river. Today, these teapots are still made by handa 65-step process that requires two weeks to complete.
Elegantly simple, the pot itself is adorned only by the rugged texture of the iron (the "hada" of its name means "nude"). Its solid bronze lid tells an heroic chapter of the tetsubin story, when this humble kitchen kettle became central to the tea ceremony, and was crowned with a lid befitting its new stature. The ornate flower-bud knob is cast separately and riveted to the lid so that it spins, another nod to tetsubin tradition.