Although the handles will not rust if exposed to water, slight discoloration may occur over
time. The handles were formed using pure brass stock, shaped by hammering and fit to
each teapot individually to ensure a tight fit. Handles are available raw or etched. The raw
handles will darken over time, while the etched brass should remain dark but may lighten
where hands continuously touch it, revealing the shinier brass underneath. The handles are
intentionally left uncoated to encourage a personal expression of use. The patina will vary
depending on frequency and use. This impermanence should be embraced as the story of
each piece unfolds.
Removal & Re-tensioning
The handles are tensioned to fit each piece individually and can rotate to the side to allow
access to the lid for routinely filling the pot with tea and water, and subsequently emptying
the tea leaves. They can be removed at any time, although this is not usually necessary. If
over time the handle becomes too loose, simply remove the handle by gently pulling one
side at a time out horizontally from the mounting holes (be sure to grip the teapot firmly).
After completely removing the handle, apply inward tension to the handle by firmly
squeezing it between two hands. Re-install it one end at a time. Be mindful not to over-ten-
sion, as this may put unnecessary stress on the clay.