We take great pleasure in introducing a truly exceptional Tetsubin, distinct from the creations of Oitomi. This remarkable piece is the handiwork of Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), a revered traditional craftsman affiliated with Shokado. His studio is situated in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, coinciding with our own locale.
The designation of "traditional craftsman" is a prestigious honor officially conferred by the Japanese government. It signifies craftsmen who possess and meticulously uphold advanced techniques and skills. Among the limited ranks of Nambu Ironware's traditional craftsmen, Shingo Kikuchi stands as a distinguished figure.
Nambu ironware's creation involves two distinct methodologies: Nama-gata, which employs sand molds, and Yaki-gata, which employs molds fashioned from baked clay. The Tetsubin in question is fashioned through the Yaki-gata method, resulting in an exceedingly limited number of pieces obtainable from a single mold. This rarity adds to its profound uniqueness.
This Tetsubin's rounded silhouette is tastefully adorned with chrysanthemum flowers, an emblematic motif. The lid knob, too, is graced with the presence of a delicate chrysanthemum blossom.
The irregular surface and fixed handle distinctly embody "sabi," a distinctive Japanese aesthetic rooted in the philosophy of the tea ceremony, symbolizing an appreciation for the beauty that emerges through the passage of time.
In the context of Japan, chrysanthemums bear diverse meanings including "nobility," "longevity," "warding off evil spirits," and "mental and physical stability." Notably, the chrysanthemum is an integral element in the emblem of the imperial family.
Internally, the surface is coated with an oxidized film through the kama-yaki technique, eschewing the use of any paint.
While this Tetsubin may command a higher price in comparison to other models, its distinction arises from the Yaki-gata method, its bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the personalized inscription of the traditional craftsman, "真吾" (Shingo). With these attributes intertwined, this special Tetsubin is destined to be your lifelong companion.
Please acknowledge that due to the handcrafted nature of each piece, subtle deviations may exist between the actual product and the provided photographs. We appreciate your understanding in this regard.