Teapot style: "Shi Piao" 石瓢
Clay type: Golden Duan Clay (Duan Ni) 原矿黄金段泥
Craft: Fully handmade by Zhou Shu Yuan
Strainer type: 7-hole strainer
Dimensions of teapot body: 8.5cm (W) x 6.5cm (H)
Shi Piao style is one of the very classic shape of Yixing teapot, it is characterised by a smaller upper portion and a larger lower portion, with a downward centre of gravity, providing stability in use. The overall shape of the teapot resembles a "pyramid", giving it an elegant appearance. This Shi Piao is made with more fuller appearance, the curves are soft and smooth, with robust and rustic appearance. The base forms a tripod-like support, giving a sense of both gracefulness and stability. The short and straight spout helps for pouring.
Golden Duan Ni is a type of Duan Ni and refers to a layer of Duan Ni that has undergone weathering. It has a distinct coloration and excellent breathability, making it a precious type of Duan Ni. The finished product has a colour that resembles gold, particularly old gold, with a slightly deeper hue. Upon closer inspection, you can observe small black particles distributed within it, which are tiny clusters of hematite. These particles turn black when fired.
This teapot would be very good choice for brewing green, white tea, young & mid-aged Puer teas, and light oolongs.
Only one in stock, so the pot photographed is the pot you will receive.
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Preparation Before Use
Yixing Teapots should be prepared or "opened" before their first use. This process is essential to remove any impurities, dust, sand or residual odros that may be present in the clay from the firing process. Additionally, it helps to further open the pores of the clay, whcih is one of the unique characteristics of Yixing teapots that allows them to absorb and enhance the flavours of the tea brewed in them over time. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process:
1. Rinsing the teapot under warm water, then wipe gently inside and outside of the pot with a new non-scratch sponge scourer to remove sediment trapped in the unglazed clay.
2. Boiling Water Rinse: Pour boiling water over the entire surface of the Yixing teapot starting from the knob. After wettign the exterior, pour boiling water inside the pot. Wait for 10 minutes allow the clay absorb the heat and further open its pores.
3. Empty the pot and Rinsing with cold water to help to cool down the pot and remove any remaning rsidues.
4. Repeat Hot and Cold Water Rinsing.
After completing these steps, your Yixing teapot should be well-prepared for use.
Daily cleaning and seasoning
Empty the leaves after each use, rinse with boiling water, drain, wipe water away with clean soft cloth, and then lid off, place the body upside, let it air dry for overnight.
Do not ever use any detergent or soap than water to clean the pot.
Do not let the potcome into contact with other strong smell such as cooking fume, cigarette smoke, perfume.