Cloudstone Kettle Set I
These sixth-generation kettles are a great way to start your tea journey. The kettles are replicas of the antique iron tetsubin that we use the most here at the Center, connecting you energetically to our lineage and all that we do here at the Center!
We are very proud to introduce our new clay, which is the product of a lot of hard work and experimentation to create a kettle that remains affordable while having the best possible effect on the water we use for tea. Cloudstone is a combination of volcanic minerals, rocks, crystals and iron blended into an earthy clay from deep strata. As we have found, it is easy to create a tremendous kettle by hand when cost is no object, but mold-making these kettles en masse and sticking to a budget has been challenging. We love the way these new kettles look, feel and the smoothness they offer in terms of water. They will be available in a dark and light variety, caused by a slight difference in firing temperature.
They can be used on gas, electric, infrared and also charcoal. (If you use gas, keep the flame low and maybe invest in a handle wrap as the handle may get hot for around 1-2 minutes, which goes away after you transfer the kettle to the alcohol brazier.). The kettles are just under 2 liters.
These hand-cast handles were designed by Wu De, with a subtle indentation for your index finger to make for smooth and soft pouring. (We always recommend pouring from the kettle with your index finger riding down the handle.) They will “season” over time, changing in appearance as your hand touches them.
Our third-generation braziers are replicas of a Ming Dynasty clay stove we have here at the Center, with an added dragon ouroboros over the larger hole for increased airflow. Each brazier comes with an alcohol burner for keeping your kettle warm. We have also changed the ring to have more holes and higher ridges allowing much more airflow and no alcohol smell even during very long boiled tea sessions. You can control the temperature by raising or lowering the wick. If you want, the ring of the brazier comes off and you can then remove the alcohol lamp and use a charcoal basket for the whole brazier to become a charcoal stove.