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Tetsubin

This research project focused on tetsubin, the traditional Japanese cast iron technology used for the creation of domestic scale objects.

At a glance

  • Staff from the RCA visited the leading centres of tetsubin production in Japan: Morioka in the north and Kyoto in the south of Honshu.
  • The site visits were conducted with the assistance of academic staff from Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo.
  • The research visit was generously supported by funding from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
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Key details

Gallery

  • Tetsubin kettles for sale

    Tetsubin kettles for sale

    Photo: Michael Rowe

  • Tetsubin Workshop, Honshu

    Tetsubin Workshop, Honshu

    Photo: Michael Rowe

  • Tetsubin casting

    Tetsubin casting

    Photo: Michael Rowe

  • Newly cast kettle

    Newly cast kettle

    Photo: Michael Rowe

More information

Tetsubin studio

Professor Hans Stofer and Michael Rowe undertook a research visit to Japan, in order to observe traditional and industrial methods of tetsubin production.

This included a visit to the tetsubin studio of Mr Nobuho Miya, Director and designer of Kamasada Tetsubin Studio. At the studio they were able to see the pouring of molten iron to cast tetsubin kettles and discuss the details of the process with experienced tetsubin craftsmen.

The knowledge gained during the visit informed future teaching at the RCA, including considering the cultural importance as well as technical achievements of tetsubin as a craft manufacturing process.

Lead

Hans Stofer

Professor Hans Stofer

Principal Investigator

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