Care

The best thing you can do for your copperware is wipe it with a dry cloth.

Copperware is meant to be used.
Whether you steep tea, boil water, enjoy a refreshing drink,
or arrange flowers, your copperware will appreciate a quick
wipe from time to time. As time passes, it will reward you with a lusterious surface and deepened colour.

Borrowing the words from our most experienced artsians,
“the most beautiful copperware is copperware that has been used and enjoyed.”

We invite you to enjoy its delicate hues and watch
how the colour changes through the years.

Teapot

  • 急須
  • First Time Use

    • Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly with a dry cloth or paper towel.

  • Steeping

    • After adding hot water, the teapot will immediately become very hot. Take care not to touch the copper directly.

    • We recommend using a teapot stand to prevent heat damage to your tabletop.

    • Do not attempt to heat your teapot inside a microwave or toaster oven as this will result in damage to the teapot and could cause fire.

  • After Use

    • Dispose of the tea leaves and rinse well with warm water. To remove dirt or oil, use a light dish soap and soft sponge. After rincing, ensure there is no moisture left on the outside by wiping the surface dry.

    • With frequent use, the inside of the teapot will eventually stain. Over time, tannins can build up and even block the flow of tea in some teapot types. Ensuring to rince the used leaves at the end of the day will slow this process.

    • It’s not necessary to wipe the inside dry after every use. By doing so, however, you can help keep the tin layer’s shine longer.

    • Some of our handles are dyed. Leaving it to air dry may cause the colour to bleed into the fabric. Instead, wipe it well after rinsing.

    • Store in a dry place. Particuarly if you expect you may not use it for a while. Leaving it out in a humid environment may create verdigris (green patina) and uneven colour change on the surface.

  • Points of Caution

    • The surface of the copperware is oxidized to create a fine layer of colour that will continue to oxidize and change over time. Consider the following to protect the coloured surface.

    • Avoid strong cleansers, melamine sponges, or scrubbing brushes.

    • Friction between the countertop and base of the teapot may remove some of the colouring over time. A trivet, pot mat, or teapot stand can help to prevent this.

    • Do not use chlorine-based detergents.

    • Do not use a dishwasher or drying machine.

    • Avoid direct and prolonged contact with salty or acidic food and drink.

Canister

  • 茶筒
  • Proper Use and Points of Caution

    • You should avoid washing the canister under the tap. There are gaps between the outside and inside cylinders and water that seeps into the gaps will cause verdigris (green oxidization) to form.

      The canister is ready to use out of the box.

    • When closing the outside lid of the canister, be sure to line up the bolts. Returning the lid incorrectly could cause excess damage to the inside or cause the outer lid to not fit properly over time. In some cases, it could become stuck and unremovable.

    • The inner lid and inner cylinder of the canister are copper plated with silver. This plating reduces odor, and keeps tea stored inside fresh and free of bacteria. Handling this area directly, however, may cause it to oxidize and change colour more quickly.

    • Use a dry towel or cloth to wipe down the top and sides of the canister. Over time, this will add luster to the surface and help the colour deepen.

      If you are using your caddy with wet or oily hands be sure to immediately wipe your caddy clean using a clean dry cloth or towel to protect the surface. Salty or vinegary foods and drinks can damage the coloured surface if left there, so please take care when handling these things around your copperware.

Kettle

  • 湯沸
  • First Time Use

    • Rinse the kettle with warm water and dry it thoroughly.

  • Boiling

    • Water Level

      Refrain from filling the kettle to the very brim as this may cause water to shoot out upon boiling.

    • Positioning

      For gas stoves, be sure to place the kettle squarly on the element and ensure the handle is resting straight up or on the side of the stopper. The handle may burn if it falls to the side.

    • Element

      Adjust the element such that the flame does not envelope the sides of the kettle. Boiling with a smaller flame will help limit drastic colour change and potential heat damage.

  • Heating

    • As the water comes to a boil, the body of the kettle will become very hot. Take care as steam from the hole in the lid and spout can scald.

    • Ensure the lid is closed. Take care when removing the lid immediately after boiling as hot steam will billow upwards.

    • Take your time pouring immediately after boiling as hot water may jump and splash out from the spout. Have a hand on the knob to ensure the lid does not fall.

    • Keep out of reach of children.

  • After Use

    • To remove oil or dirt, use a light dish soap and soft sponge. Rince and dry well.

    • It’s not necessary to empty the kettle after each use; extra water can be left inside for next time.

      As the kettle is used the tin on the inside will start to darken. This is caused by a reaction to the minerals in the water. We recommend embracing this change as it has no ill affects on the water’s taste or quality. If you’re bothered by this, however, please contact us for more information.
      ※ The reaction of the tin may be more drastic depending on where you live and the hardness (mineral content) of the water.

    • The vine wrapped around the handle is a natural material. We recommend soaking it from time to time to keep it strong. It may be prone to cracking if left too dry.

    • To store for longer periods, wipe it to remove any moisture and store it in a cool, dry place. Leaving it in a humid environment may cause verdigris (green oxidization) and excess colour change on the surface.

  • Points of Caution

    • The surface of the copperware is oxidized to create a fine layer of colour that will continue to oxidize and change over time. The following can have an adverse affect on and even strip the piece of its coloured surface.

    • Strong cleansers, melamine sponges, or scrubbing brushes

    • Dishwasher or drying machines

    • Chlorine-based detergents

    • Direct and prolonged contact with salty or acidic food and drink

Questions?

If you’re looking for more information about how to use
or take care of our copperware,
don’t hesitate to contact us.