Objects for everyday use, made beautifully– that’s “mingei”. We all use containers, and here are some examples from the collection.
Japanese Caste Iron Tea Pot
A very precious item in the collection, given to me by dear friend Matsunaga Minae, now in her late 80’s, living in Tokyo. Cast iron chagama set, with hibachi on the bottom, filled with sand and iron support under the kettle for boiling the water for tea. My wife and I first saw it in Matsunaga-san’s tiny apartment, where she performed a mini tea ceremony for us. Years later, no longer comfortable bending and kneeling as required for Japanese traditional tea preparation, she wanted us to have it… Any more questions about why it’s a treasure to us?
What an example of mingei! Japanese cast iron tea pot. Somebody had to create a mold that, when filled with molten iron, would create this. Hurrah for patternmakers throughout the world.
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