This round-bodied samashi is crafted from a reddish-brown clay and adorned with a perfectly-draped green ash glaze. It features the same type of side-mounted handle as is commonly found on Japanese teapots. Many tea enthusiasts find this style of handle easier to pour with than the spout-opposite or over-the-top handled vessels.
Japanese water cooling pitchers, known as yuzamashi or samashi in Japanese, are used to lower the temperature of freshly-heated water before applying the water to the tea leaves for steeping. The idea is that after water is heated, it is poured first into the yuzamashi, and then from the yuzamashi it is poured onto the tea leaves in a teapot. This transfer should lower the temperature of the water by at least ten degrees, or more if you allow it to linger in the cooling pitcher. Yuzamashi are especially helpful when preparing green tea and oolong, which require a cooler water temperature for steeping.
These are also wonderful as an aesthetically-pleasing open teapot for steeping various of the Chinese green teas that do not like to be covered when being steeped, and when one does not want to steep the leaf right in the cup, as many Chinese do.
Samashi come in many sizes, shapes and glaze colors. In the spirit of Japanese tea tools, these vessels do not need to match the teapot being used and are purchased solely on the individual merit of design and appearance, and the appropriate size of the piece.
Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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