The inspiration for this teapot design arises from the appearance of lovable taro plant. Kyoto Zuihodo has hammered into the layers the Yokosuji pattern, which looks like the taro skin. The techniques involved in the pot body occur at two different levels. The blank part on the top is like a taro that has just been peeled, and the fibre and spot patterns of taro can be seen. In ancient times, taro was an essential tribute in ritual worship, and it was also a symbol of high status and auspiciousness. Zuihodo hopes to inject elements of life into silverware, which will both provoke interesting thoughts in collectors and users and breathe a artistic perspective of living into traditional metalworking field.
Starting from a piece of sterling silver and using tools that have been passed down and retained from the Meiji era, the body of the silver pot is made by hammering with a conspicuous Yokosuji pattern and completely eschewing the welding method. The shape of its lower abdomen is round and full with the centre of mass on the top, slightly and gradually closing down on the way down. The lid is of the style with a special-shaped knob on it. Hammering tools are the patrimony of Meiji era and are made by repeating a trimming technique to meet the requirements for craftsman to create specific patterns for silver pots, so they can hammer the unique vein lines.
Using top-level, pure quality precious metals as materials and infusing traditional Japanese culture and jewellery and metal arts, every singular silver pot is homemade in Japan. Kyoto Zuihodo adopts the Japanese Samurai spirit which believes that no matter how hard the creative process is, or how long it might take, we can always overcome ourselves, hammering delicately to finish the most perfect works of art in our hearts and present them to collectors.
660 Sakae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city
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