Japanese Tea Accessories
The choice of the most beautiful pieces
Jugetsudo Tea House never fails to advise its clientele in the purchase of objects and utensils, according to selected teas and tasting scenarios (season, daily consumption, receptions…).
We offer tea objects from among the most famous Japanese art works, produced in different regions of Japan.
Kyoto's Tôsaï ceramics
The Japanese, as we know, are very attentive and sensitive to the changing of the seasons. A tradition specifically observed in Kyoto recommends setting the table with seasonal crockery. In spring, the cherry blossom is the omnipresent motif. The kimonos and tableware used at this time are gladly adorned with cherry-trees. In summer, when it is a matter of forgetting the overwhelming heat, we enjoy using dishes with motifs of running water and waves … In autumn, crockery and plates are patterned with red and golden leaves, chrysanthemums and so on. Summer ceramics are mostly flat and low in shape; in winter, they are taller and rounder, so as to keep the contents warm, and to express contemplation within the warmth of the hearth. At the time of the festivals of New Year’s Day, we often use tableware decorated with the three trees which are traditionally associated with the idea of happiness (pine, bamboo and plum).
Usage Advice for Japanese ceramics
• Before using a piece of craquelure ceramic, immerse it for a few minutes in clear water to prevent dirt from entering the cracks.
Kikuchi Hojudo, cast iron craftsman in Yamagata
Cast iron teapot WAZUQU. WAZUQU is a prestigious Japanese cast iron brand whose traditional manufacture dates back to 1604 in the northern region of Japan, Yamagata. The Fuku teapot is designed by Ken OKUYAMA, great designer of Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Quattro Porte, Porsche … Optimized interior shape for efficient infusion. 30% lighter than a traditional cast iron teapot. Triple layered enamel guaranteeing strong resistance. With anti-drip spout.
Tokonamé specializes in the art of ceramics and is particularly well-known for its terracotta teapots. Tokonamé is the oldest and most important of the six ancient potteries of Japan, preceding Shigaraki, Bizen, Tanba, Echizen and Seto. Ceramics have been produced since the end of the Heian period (11th century), and traces of these productions can be found in Kamakura or on the north coast of Honshū. The Hokujo furnace is located in the town of Tokonamé. The current Hokujo furnace is lead by master craftsman Shimizu Genji.
Seikado, pewter craft in Kyoto
Founded in Kyoto in 1838 during the Edo period, Seikado is today the only workshop specialized in pewter crafts in Japan. The current heir, the seventh in the line, is dedicated to the manufacture of pewter crafts and to the organization of exhibitions presenting a wide variety of metal objects. The gallery also presents contemporary craftsmen (the exhibitions are temporary). Although formerly, the pewter craft of Kyoto was only accessible to the upper classes, we did everything to create objects that are both respectful of tradition and anchored in modernity. When you visit us, you will experience just such a marriage between the old and the new that is so characteristic of Japanese beauty.
Teramachi Street, where Seikado is located, is as its name suggests (“tera” meaning temple), characterized by a large number of religious structures. For this reason, when Seikado was founded, its craftsmen mainly created pewter objects of a religious nature. Today, it is still possible to admire these pieces in sanctuaries over the four corners of Japan, as well as at the Gion festival. Moreover, with the Imperial Palace situated just next door, the pewter sake cups made in the workshop were well renowned by the nobles.
Nosaku, lacquerware from Kanazawa
Japanese lacquerware is a traditional art known throughout the world, with a timeless beauty. The lacquerware of Kanazawa flourished from the 16th to the 19th centuries in the province of Kaga, one of the great fiefs of ancient regime Japan. It experienced a constant evolution over this period and was widely exported, in spite of the closing of Japan to the outside world at that time. Marie-Antoinette, for example, had in her collection of objects Kanazawa lacquerware.
Nôsaku manufacture was founded in 1780 in Kanazawa; it has been creating, over seven generations, lacquered objects of elevated quality and thus contributes to the diffusion of the art of the lacquer throughout the world.
Jinembo Nakagawa, ceramicist in Karatsu
Karatsu is a town located in Saga prefecture on the island of Kyushu. It was once a prominent commercial port. Between the 13th and 16th centuries, Korean ceramic techniques were imported and imitated. There is a long history of earthenware in Karatsu. Its true beginning dates back to the 16th century. Local production began with utilitarian pottery, such as the manufacture of jars and that of ordinary dishes. No doubt the pottery of Karatsu charmed certain schools of tea ceremony by the simplicity and sobriety of its style; this is how Karatsu began to produce bowls and other accessories for the tea ceremony.
The Oyamaji furnace
The Oyamaji furnace belongs to the Takeo Kokaratsu school. The history of this school dates back to the Momoyama era (16th century). The furnace was founded by the Lord of Takeo and the manufacture continued until the 17th century. Shigenari Oribe Furuta, lord and great lover of the art of tea, passed through there at the time of the war against China; he was to leave his trace of influence on Karatsu’s ceramics. The Oyamaji furnace also succumbed to this influence; he left many works executed in the Oribe style. Reopened in 1968, the current Oyamaji furnace produces ceramics using new techniques, such as dyeing with traditional Japanese paper.
What is this technique? The traditional absorbent paper is placed on the baked ceramic and the blotting end is allowed to absorb the paint. The shape of the paper thus passes in reserve on the biscuit. Various decorations are then added by brush.