We have the privilege of introducing a distinguished Tetsubin, a creation that stands apart from those crafted by Oitomi. This exceptional piece is the meticulous handiwork of Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), an esteemed traditional craftsman hailing from Shokado. It's worth noting that his studio is situated in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, the very same city as our own.
The distinguished title of "traditional craftsman" is an official recognition conferred by the Japanese government, reserved for artisans who uphold and demonstrate advanced techniques and skills. Within the realm of Nambu Ironware, only a select few bear this distinction, and Shingo Kikuchi stands proudly among their ranks.
Nambu ironware is brought into existence through two distinct methodologies: Nama-gata, utilizing sand molds, and Yaki-gata, employing molds formed by the baking of clay. The Tetsubin in question is fashioned through the Yaki-gata method, resulting in the creation of only a limited number of pieces from a single mold. This rarity lends it an air of exclusivity.
The term "TSURUKUBI" is a fusion of "TSURU," denoting the graceful crane bird, and "KUBI," representing the neck. This term aptly describes a shape that gradually tapers at the top, akin to the elegant neck of a crane—a motif frequently encountered in Japanese pottery as well.
"HADA," signifying "skin," is a term employed to characterize the pattern of the Tetsubin. It's also used to depict the state where no pattern is applied, thereby embracing the raw texture of cast iron.
The lid knob is adorned with pine cones, while the handle stands as a precious, meticulously hand-forged element.
Internally, a technique known as kama-yaki imparts an oxidized film to the surface, devoid of any paint. This technique results in certain portions appearing reddish, a natural outcome of the kama-yaki process.
While this Tetsubin may command a higher price compared to other counterparts, its uniqueness stems from the Yaki-gata method, its bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the personalized inscription of the traditional craftsman, "南部 真吾" (Nambu Shingo). Through these attributes intertwined, this special Tetsubin stands ready to accompany you throughout life.
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Additionally, it's important to acknowledge that due to the handmade nature of each item, subtle differences may exist between the actual product and the photographs provided. Your understanding in this regard is greatly appreciated.
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