The tetsubin is an amazing little teapot with ancient roots dating back to the 1600’s!
The Japanese tetsubin is a cast iron teapot that is intended to hold the heat in, and that it does. It originates from the Japanese iron teakettle design called a tetsubin, which was often used as a teapot. This dates back to the 1600’s when iron kettles were placed on the hearth.
The classic tetsubin is black with a pebbled surface. Over the years, Japanese artisans began to embellish the teakettles as they evolved from kettles to teapots being placed on the table for serving. Many beautiful designs now incorporate color and consist of cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan or the dragonfly which signify new beginnings.