This teapot was shaped in the image of an iron bowl held by a mendicant priest. It is the standard shape of Nankei Seitoen, which has been producing this teapot for more than 50 years. With its dignified appearance, it has been loved for a long time.
The potter's clay is rich in iron and has long been blended for teapots. It is fired without glaze in a way that the iron content turns it black. In particular, by not glazing the inside of the pot, the fine irregularities on the surface moderately reduce the astringency of the tea, making it mellow and tasty.
How a teapot is made (JP)