The Japanese Cast Iron Tetsubin
The tetsubin has its origins in Japan. The traditional casting skills to create ironware date to the 17th century. Iron teapots were originally used in the home to boil water. These teapots generally were not ornately decorated as they were placed over the hearth to provide heat and humidity during cold weather. As infused tea drinking became more popular during the 19th century, the tetsubin evolved from being a kitchen item to being a status symbol used to serve tea. As a result, some of these tetsubin were elaborately decorated with various designs or with an inlay of copper, gold or silver.
The tetsubin heats evenly and retains heat well. The pots also provide significant traces of iron, an essential mineral for maintaining good health.
Care of Your Tetsubin
Do not use the teapot on the stove. Heat water for tea in a teakettle.
After using, rinse the teapot with cool water and wipe it dry with a cloth. Do not use soap or dish detergents.