We would like to introduce a special Tetsubin that is not made by Oitomi. This Tetsubin is made by Shingo Kikuchi(菊池真吾), a traditional craftsman from Shokado, whose studio is located in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, the same city as ours.
Traditional craftsman is a title officially recognized by the Japanese government, certifying craftsmen who maintain advanced techniques and skills. There are only a few dozen traditional craftsmen of Nambu Ironware, and Shingo Kikuchi is one of them.
Nambu ironware is made using two methods: the Nama-gata, in which molds are made from sand, and the Yaki-gata, in which molds are made by baking clay. Since this Tetsubin is made by the Yaki-gata method, only a few pieces can be made from a single mold. Therefore, it is very rare.
The pattern features three herons, which have long been cherished as a symbol of good fortune. Originating from Chinese bird-and-flower paintings, herons began to appear in Japanese art as well.
Among the Natsume-style pieces at Shokado, this is the smallest. Despite its small size, crafting such intricate pieces is actually quite challenging, resulting in fewer being produced. Its silhouette is exceptionally beautiful, and the balance and harmony of the handle and lid are of high craftsmanship, making it an exquisite piece.
The inside is coated with an oxidized film using a technique called kama-yaki, and no paint is used at all.
This Tetsubin is more expensive than other Tetsubin. However, with the Yaki-gata method, bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the personal inscription of the traditional craftsman, "真吾"（Shingo)", this special Tetsubin will be your partner for life.
*This item is also sold in our physical store. Stock availability may vary depending on timing. Please note that there may be cases where an item you have ordered is out of stock.
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