Our products are both porcelain and ceramics. As ceramics have high rates of both water absorbency and breathability, they will acquire characteristic flavors and textures over periods of extended use.

Instructions for Correct Use:
Before use please soak in warm water. Ware that retains a high degree of water is more resistant to tea stains and other discolorations.
As ceramics are absorbent, they can absorb dirty or unclean water. This can then become a source of mold. After use, please rinse your ceramics with clean water and store them only after they have been well-dried.
As ceramics are of a rougher grain than porcelain, please take extra care in their treatment.

Key Point for Use:
Damage to the ware may occur from sudden changes in temperature caused by a direct heat, the abrupt pouring of boiling water, or similar actions. When used on top of painted plates or lacquer trays, be aware that the bottom may rub and cause damage. Please do not scrub your ware strongly with abrasive sponges or brushes, as these may cause peeling or damage. Take appropriate caution when using with gas or microwave ovens. Please refrain from cleaning your ware using a dishwasher.

About Colored Ceramics:
Please do not use ceramics and porcelain that have been adorned with colors or gold and silver on stoves or other appliances that operate at a high heat. Such heat can cause the colors to dissolve and the paintings to peel away.
After long periods of time, colors may change due to oxidization. In the case that colors have darkened, by use of a special polishing agent or possibly an eraser or other such item, colors may be lightly polished to return to their original color. Please avoid the use of bleach.

About Cochin:
Please be aware that items with a Cochin glaze may be damaged by sudden changes in temperature due to the abrupt pouring of hot water or other similar actions.
Please avoid exposing Cochin items to foods that are highly acidic, such as umeboshi, or highly salty, such as salted kombu, for long periods of time. Such exposure can result in discoloration or deterioration.

About Intrusion:
Intruded items use a glass glaze and are called “intruded” because of the fine cracks that appear in the glaze. This is a refined feature not found in other ceramics.

About Cast Iron Teapots:
Please do not place over direct heat. The inside of the teapot has been treated with a rust-proofing enamel that may rupture under exposure to heat. The included tea strainer is made of stainless steel.

About Our Cast Iron Kettles:
Nambu cast iron kettles have characteristics not found in equivalent products made from other materials. To preserve the quality and beauty of your kettle, please read and follow the instructions for use.
As the kettle is made of cast iron, leaving water inside of it after use will cause it to rust. Also please be careful not to heat the kettle when it is empty. This can damage the interior coating and painted surfaces and may also cause the kettle to rust.
If dried and maintained properly the kettle will last for many years.

About Magewappa:
To preserve the quality and beauty of your Magewappa bent cedar vessel, please read and follow the instructions for use.

If you have any questions about Kyoto Ware / Kiyomizu Ware, please feel free to contact us.