The Nakagawa Joeki family, now known as the most famous teaware makers, and one of the “ten supreme craftsmen of tea wares”（千家十職）, originally started their career as arms makers. Until 1587, when the famous tea master, Sen no Riryu, who had the most profound influence on the Japanese “Way of Tea” (chanoyu), asked the first Nakagawa Joeki to make a gallipot-shaped tea kettle. This work changed the path of Nakagawa family from making arms to making tea wares. Since then，the Nakagawa family were known by the world as the best teaware makers whose works are used and enjoyed by royal and aristocratic families. In the world of Japanese tea, Nakagawa Joeki is not a single name referring to one specific person, this name was inherited by every owner of Nakagawa family in its five-hundred-year-long history, and the name itself represents the highest level of metalworking and teaware making.