Mrs. Hayakawa’s Copper Teapot
Collector: Sean Lee
This teapot was given to me as a gift by Mrs. Hayakawa during my last trip to Japan. Mrs. Hayakawa attended tea art classes in Malaysia before. When she knew we were in Japan to pay her a visit, she wanted to have a cup of tea with us. She had her table set up and got ready a pot of hot water and the tea wares she bought from Purple Cane awaiting our arrival.
It was a wet summer morning with light drizzle. While everybody was indulging in the aroma of tea, I was attracted to an old and slightly worn copper teapot that was used to boil water for the tea. When I asked Mrs. Hayakawa about the history of that copper teapot, she told me it was around 40 years old.
A few days before we left for Malaysia, while we were having a tea drinking session, Mrs. Hayakawa presented that copper teapot to me as a gift. I was overwhelmed by her gesture and offered to buy over the copper teapot.
Mrs. Hayakawa decided to give the copper teapot to me as a bonding gift since I like that teapot very much.
When I came home to Malaysia, I had a good look at the copper teapot. It is actually a 3000 cc teapot made of white copper, chromed with red copper with hand painted water lily.
Thank you, Mrs. Hayakawa.