Suzuki Morihisa

What is Nambu Tekki?

Nambu “tekki” ironware – which is very Japanese yet highly stylish at the same time – seems to attract many foreigners.

Nambu ironware is said to have started around the middle of the 17th century, when the Nambu family, who were ruling the current northern part of Iwate prefecture, built Morioka castle and invited imoji and kamashi artisans from places such as Kyoto to have them make Buddhist altar articles, armor, and tea ceremony kettles as part of their plan to revitalize the city and promote cultural activities. With the rich natural resources of the land and the support of the domain leaders, Nambu ironware soon became the local specialty of the area. It came to be cherished as a gift to feudal lords.

The Nambu “tekki” iron kettle which is especially famous and popular, was originally made as a smaller, improved version of the tea kettle in the 18th century. It triggered an increase in the recognition of Nambu ironware in the public eye, and in 1975, it was certified as a Traditional Craftwork of Japan.

While experiencing ups and downs in modernization, within the traditional Japanese beauty fostered by such extensive training of techniques for over 400 years, Nambu ironware established a status in Japan with its combination of artistry and practicality. The iron kettle is also quite popular overseas. As some makers in Japan are exporting their products to Europe and America, the Nambu ironware can now be seen in Western homes, where people enjoy their tea together with other utensils such as Western-style pottery.

Nambu ironware is not only beautiful and practical but highly durable as well. Applying one of the techniques that has been used in the production of iron kettles since the old days, the inside of Nambu ironware is burned over a charcoal fire for about an hour to oxidize and coat its surface, which then prevents rust. Hot water boiled in an iron kettle is mild and tasty, and the water quality is said to get better and better with repeated use of the kettle. Moreover, such hot water is rich in iron, making it a hot topic among health conscious people and women who tend to be low on iron.

Recently Nambu ware in a variety of colors have made their appearance as well, proving to be very popular among foreigners.

While it is made of metal, Nambu ironware has a mysterious texture of unique softness and warmth. The best way to understand this is to try taking it in your hands yourself.

History of Suzuki Morihisa

Suzuki Morihisa Studio founded in 1625 and became a purveyor to the Nambu Family Household. Since then Suzuki Morihisa is keep producing high quality Manbu Tekki using their own technich which handed by father to children, mother to children until now.

Current Master is 15th Generation


15th Generation Master Morihisa Suzuki (Shiiko Kumagai)
(Only Master can use name title of  Morihisa Suzuki )






Prof.Tokyo National University of the arts, born as Kanji Suzuki's(14th generation Morihisa) eldest daughter
Graduated Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design,Department of Industrial,Interior and Craft Design
Study metal engraving under Mr.You Nobuta, Ms.Kazuko
Begin casting arts and crafts at Suzuki Morihisa Studio
Awarded first prize at the 36th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Acknowledged as an official member of the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition at the 40th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Participated at the 3rd International Conference of Contemporary Cast Iron Arts
(USA State of New Jersey Johnson atelier sculpture research center)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Crafts Gallery, "Watch a container.
The arts and crafts show where I breathe to live" Exhibition
Sake bottle "whirligig": The 48th Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition The Imperial Household Agency buy
Kettles : Japanese Artistry and American Artist Exhibition
(USA Carlton college Art gallery other ones)
Sake bottle "Yu" : The 52nd Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition The Imperial Household Agency buy
The 46th Japan Innovative Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Evaluation commissioner
The 38th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition for Metalwork, Paragon judging committee
The 52nd Eastern Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Paragon judging committee
The 58th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Evaluation commissioner





Born as the second son of Shiiko Kumagai (15th generation Morihisa)
Graduate from an engineering department casting specialty of Tokyo University of the Arts
Suidobata Fine Arts Academy TAKAZAWA Institution lecturer
Worked as a graphic designer and illustrators such as magazine advertisements in GDC co.,itd
Begin casting arts and crafts at Suzuki Morihisa Studio
Awarded the prize of first appearance items, at the 42nd Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition for Metalwork
Awarded the prize of first appearance items, at the 60th Japan Innovative Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Participate in Honolulu fashion week presentation the 1st time
(USA State of Hawaii)
Exhibit, at Panasonic Shiodome Museam Exhibition "Nanbu Tekki made in Japan.
The history which is 400 years from traditional to today."
Awarded the prize of first appearance items, at the 55th Eastern Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Awarded the prize, at the 43rd Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition for Metalwork