Our collection of Yixing teapots are an expression of our appreciation for high-quality handmade potteries, each with their own unique story to tell. We collaborate directly with Master Dong Yafang and her students – Zhou Shuyuan, Zhou Centao and Huang Yu, who we have known since 2010. Most teapots here will be unique of made in very limited quantities.
Yixing teapots are the unique traditional stoneware produced in Yixing, situated to the west of Taihu, the Great Lake in Jiangsu Province, since the Song Dynasty (10th century). The hills to the southeast of the county are endowed with rich clay deposits, and the center of pottery-making is located around the Dingshu Town. This clay is also known as Purple Sand or Zi Sha in Chinese. Zisha clay has an excellent plasticity, which allows extensive freedom of creation, a small rate of contraction, good in proportions and in dimensions. After firing, the Zi Sha teaware has an appropriate amount of air holes for ventilation such that the teapot can preserve the colour, smell and taste of the tea. That means we normally will have choose one teapot for one type of tea. After frequent use and subsequent wiping, the teapot will acquire a natural shine as from pearl and jade stone.