|Brand: Teruyuki Isobe|
Teruyuki Isobe, extra flat inka stamp pattern kyusu, non-glazed youhen teapot, Tokonameyaki
Made by Teruyuki Isobe
Made in Japan
Size：Height 5.5cm * Length 18cm * Radius 10.5cm
Package: Paper box
Shipping Cost (It might differ from the acutal EMS cost)
Asia District (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau, China, etc.) - JPY 2840
America District(USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, etc) - JPY 3800
Oceanea District(Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, etc) - JPY 3800
Middle East District(Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Israel, etc )- JPY 3800
Europe District(France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, etc) - JPY 4000
We use EMS(Express Mail Service). After we ship the product, it will take 3-10days to arrive at your place. You can track the parcel.
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Return/exchange and refund
We will not accept return/exchange of the product unless the products we sold have any damages or we shipped the wrong item. If we accept the return/exchange, the products must be complete and without any signs of having been used or damaged.
The product is carefully examined before shipping. However, in case there is any damage in the product, you should check the product within 7 days and report to us after receiving it (the days are calculated fromt the proven date of delivery). Otherwise, we will not be responsible for the damage, so please check the quantity, apparent condition, etc., when the product arrives.
The color of the product you will receive might look slightly different from the pictures you see in this web page. This is because depending on the amount of light when the picture was taken, the color in each picture might look different. Please understand, we will not accept return or make refund because of the above reasons.
We will not be responsible for any of the customs clearance and customs duty/tariff payment.
Teruyuki Isobe is a master craftsman of Tokoname teapots. He makes several styles of teapots, but his signature style is inka (i.e. a flower stamp in Japanese) stamp of which there are many fans.
The way of making this is very complicated; he first makes a teapot on a potter’s wheel, and then paints several lines on it. After drying it for a while, he adds a complex groove to the body with a tool that he developed, and after that, he lets it dry again and then stamps the flower pattern one by one by hand. There are about two hundred flower patterns for a small teapot, and about five hundred for the larger one. After stamping all the flower patterns, he dries the pot and bakes it at 750 degrees. Then he paints the whole pot with colored soil, and after drying it again, he uses a sponge to wipe the surface of the teapots. This way, the color is embodied inside the flower pattern. As you can see, this is very time consuming work that needs to go through several process and it is all done by hand.
“If the teapot is too thin, it will be torn easily when stamped. On the contrary, if it is too thick, the teapot will be hard to use. It is very difficult to make the teapot at the exactly correct thickness. To stamp on the curved surface is also a difficult job” Teruyuki said. The sophisticated design is eye-catching, but he is also particular about the teapot itself.
“Making the bottom curve part thinner compared to the other parts of the teapot will make the whole teapot balanced, making it more comfortable to handle for the user ” he says. This is a sheer persistence and a technique that can be achieved with a high level of skill.
After graduating junior high school, he chose to work since he didn’t like to study. He started to work at teapot manufacturing company, which his elementary school teacher’s acquaintance was working at. It was a major teapot manufacturing company, and also made hand-made ones. Teruyuki was consistently in charge of making hand-made teapots.
He worked at the company until his retirement at age 68. Many people told him to retire and become independent, but he stayed at the company until retirement because he really respected the president.
Other than inka style, he also makes other traditional style teapots that are beautiful and easy to use, and are receiving attention from many teapot collectors and tea lovers.