Designed in 1960 by Timo Sarpaneva, this carefully crafted cast iron pot is a Scandinavian icon. Besides being beautiful enough to claim a permanent spot on your stovetop, the thoughtful design of the Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot grants it superior function. Coated with enamal, the cast iron cooks food evenly in the oven or on the stove while preventing food flavors from sticking to the surface. The detachable wooden handle can be used to lift the lid or the entire pot, making serving a cinch and reminding users of simpler days around the camp fire when a stick would be used to lift the lid and stir the food.
It was Sarpaneva's blacksmith grandfather that served as inspiration for this modern take on ancient cast iron pots. Sarpaneva once said that the idea was conceived by rethinking a traditional object in a way that wasn't too novel and would make "a damn good reindeer stew in the process." The Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot design won the silver medal at the 1960 Milan Triennale and features in the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections.The iittala Sarpaneva Pot has been awarded the silver medal at the 1960 Milan Triennial and the International Design Award in the United States, iittala's proud name is on the bottom of every Sarpaneva pot.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Finn or fan of Finnish design that doesn’t recognize the iittala logo, designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1956 and inspired by his “i-line” range. The logo serves as a symbol of quality craftsmanship, timeless design, and thoughtful functionality. Many collectors ... More iittala
Finnish-born Timo Sarpaneva (1926) was an influential sculptor, educator and designer who greatly contributed to Finland's reputation as the design hub of the world. His work with metals, woods, textiles, porcelain, and glass shows his impressive versatility. No matter the medium, Sarpaneva... More Timo Sarpaneva
My husband and I were married in 1966 and we got this pot early in our marriage. Ours is black enamel on the outside and was not made in China. I still use it although less frequently now because I no longer eat meat. It made the best stews.
ProsLong lasting and perfect for slow cooking. I have never bought a ?slow cooker? or ?crock pot?
ConsI liked it better when I cooked with gas and could control the temperature better. This is more a con for electric stoves.
BAY ST LOUIS ,MISSISSIPPI
WHEN IT COMES i WILL REVIEW IT AGAIN I POSTED FIVE STARS BECAUSE IT LOOKS GORGEOUS
December 25, 2019
I ordered this cast iron pot with wooden handle from amazon despite some negative reviews I have not received it yet and pray that I won't experience any of the issues the reviewers posted on the amazon site and that the handle will come ( being shipped from the UK) some reviews said the handle was "missing" Arrived " broken and cost more to return it" "was chipped in several places when I received it" "Do not buy this product ,it is made in China and NOT Finland and is thin " These were some of the reviews that is causing me to worry On the other hand ,there were MANY positive reviews "beautiful" "I love everything about this pot" ETC ETC. I saw this pot in a Scandinavian store in the 1970's and loved it's design HONESTLY IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL POT ,I'D EVER SEEN... IN RETROSPECT,foolishly ,I did not buy it then I would have preferred NO enamel because cast iron is supposed to be very healthy ,so that part is disappointing it may become just a piece of art in my kitchen TIME WILL TELL
December 27, 2018
Very functional and simplistic design. Great quality!
ProsQuality, design, simplicity
Consno longer made in Finland
Just what the doctor ordered
December 26, 2018
We've been waiting a long time to get this beautiful pot...and there was no better time than at Christmas
West Cornwall, CT
November 15, 2018
I got my first of these cast iron pots when we lived in Nairobi, Kenya. It was wonderful — and has continued to be wonderful for about 30 years. Now I’ve misplaced - in our latest move - the wooden handle at the top. Any chance I can buy another without having to buy another pot? Thanks, Jill
gorgeous modern kitchen statement piece
May 22, 2018
I must say, this pot was purchased more for looks over function. We often use it to keep something warm (gently heating it up over a low heat) than cooking directly in it from start to finish. It is our favorite to use with dinner parties when we have a soup or chowder in the mix. The white interior does stain but I've found barkeeper's best friend is a good cleaner to keep the enamel looking pearly white.
With all the stylistic positives, I do have to say that the enamel does chip easily (at least for us). We've had ours for nearly 3 years and there are fleabites all around the edge with several cracks in the enamel at the bottom of the pan-- our similar staub has none of these issues and is used more for day to day use.
All and all this is a definitely an excellent choice for a statement piece or a special occasion bit of cookware. We love that the handle removes too!
San Gabriel, California
Superb Design, slightly flawed execution
May 18, 2018
The pot is remarkable in its overall shape and function; however, the quality of the individual pieces could stand a bit of retooling - for example, the wooden handle (at the points where it is channel routed) are too thin and after years of use may eventually fail. Also the enamel interior does stain ( lightly) after sustained cooking of anything that has an acid base such as tomato sauces, curries, etc. As long as you understand this, you should get some good service and some good meals from this little pot!
March 26, 2018
I bought this pot in London several years ago as a Christmas gift for my partner who lives there. He raves about it and cooks up some lovely dishes in it whenever I visit. I just HAD to have one for myself. First thing I made in it was a delicious chicken soup on a cold snowy day on the first day of spring! This will become a family heirloom, I am sure.
ProsLovely to look at, cooks evenly, enamel liner makes it easy to clean.
Los Angeles, CA
August 4, 2017
Fast shipping. Absolutely beautiful piece. Great quality and the size is perfect ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
August 16, 2016
Amazing. Love this pot. Beautiful and practical.
ProsEverything. And cleans like a dream.
Chapel Hill, NC
"Classic" With Good Reason
September 4, 2015
It's just the right size for a number of tasks; and its good looks , even heat distribution, and reasonably easy cleanup put it over the top.
Manhattan Beach, CA
Good heavy pot
September 2, 2015
This pot is a very good size for most soups, stews, vegetables, etc. it is heavy cast iron coated with white ceramic on the inside, giving a very good distribution of heat for good cooking. It is beautiful as well, with the clever use of the wood for a handle and lever to remove the cover.
ProsBeautiful pot with great cooking for many complex dishes
ConsMade in China, based on the original which was made in Finland. Hope it lasts as long as the Finnish one!
August 26, 2015
Even though it is made in China, the quality is very good. Perfect accent for your kitchen!
sculpture for the kitchen
April 7, 2015
It is just the right size for our household. It is so beautiful I don't have to find a spot in the cupboard, but I can keep it on display.
Love this pot
November 24, 2014
I like the way the lid and handle work. The size is perfect because it is quite heavy and would be too heavy if it was any larger. My pot has a stain on the lid from the sauce and I can't get it out. How do you recommend cleaning this so the inside stays white?
ConsThe inside porcelain became stained.
Don't understand what this means.
August 9, 2014
I've looking at this pot for years and am so glad to finally own it. Every time I cook a stew or soup, I think, "Darn, wish I could use that Finnish pot" and at last I can.
very happy with my purchase
April 20, 2014
very happy with my purchase
By ann r.
St. Cloud MN
perfect pots for perfect stews.
May 28, 2013
I have owned two of these perfect pots since the 60's. For cooking perfect stews and other slow and delicate cooking, these cast iron pots are perfect.
By Anja M.
Falls Church, VA
iittala Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot
May 24, 2012
I have had the iittala/Sarpaeva pot since the 60's, and now I have two of them, I like it so very much. I only wish there was another larger, wider size, also with the wooden handle. Brilliant! Beautiful! My favorite to use!
Hi, how much does this weigh. Just want to see how much postage to Japan will be.
You can add it to your cart and use the shipping calculator at checkout to estimate the shipping cost by selecting "Japan" and "international Airmail", either the UPS or USPS option and click "Apply".
The shipping cost does not include customs charges, etc - you will have to contact your customs agency for an estimate of those costs.