This rustic samashi, is well-shaped and pours easily. Glazed in earth-tone shades of dark brown with streaks of green-grey, this samashi has an almost aged look to it. It’s as if the dark brown hues of the over-glaze have ‘worn away’ over time in swirls around the pot, revealing the green-grey tones underneath.
Japanese water cooling pitchers, called yuzamashi or samashi, are used to lower the temperature of freshly-heated water before using the water to steep tea leaves. 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. Yuzamashi are especially helpful when preparing green tea and oolong, which require a slightly cooled water for traditional 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 tea drinkers do.
Yuzamashi 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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