His family, now in its third generation of Kama-shi, hails from Takaoka, a small city with a rich history of metalworks and craftsmanship. A cast iron tetsubin are made from a single mold made of sand where the artisan creates his design before being broken to release each piece from its confinement. No two are identical and each carries the humble imperfections made by hand. Tetsubin are created for the most important purpose in tea making, the boiling of water while imparting the soft taste of iron. Hata Shunsai III is the recipient of many awards and exclusively dedicates his work to making single pieces for exhibitions, galleries, and museums. One of his designs can be found in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.