Teapot style:"Xi Shi" Yixing Teapot 西施壶
Clay type: Da Hong Pao Clay 大红袍泥
Artist: Huang Yu
Craft: Fully handmade
Strainer type: 14-hole strainer
Length (body only): 8.5cm
Height without the lid: 5.5cm
A classic style of "Xi Shi" is fully hand-made by Huang Yu with Da Hong Pao Clay. Da Hong Pao clay is a type of Zhu Ni Clay, it is very fine and smooth, and after firing, it has a dense texture and a soft touch. The Da Hong Pao clay is extremely rare and high density of exquisite quality with a high degree of crystallisation. The pot is beautiful finished giving a naturally glossy look and silk to the touch. Over time brewing tea gives the teapot a highly pleasing bright red colour and glossy appearance, exuding a charming and captivating allure.
The inspiration of the shape comes from Xi Shi, who is one of the "Four Great Beauties" of China, resembles the beauty of her ample bosom . She was so beautiful that they say she helped cause the fall of the state of Wu in the fifth century BCE. This pot is a classic example of the Xi Shi pot, with a rounded and elegant body, resembling a voluptuous woman. The pot handle is adorned with a pearl-like knob, and the spout is small and charming. The graceful inverted handle resembles a woman's hairstyle, adding maturity and refinement to the pot's appearance, making it even more appealing. This pot is not only practical but also worth appreciating.
Da Hong Pao clay is very versatile and suitable for a wide range of teas, particularly for brewing oolong tea, Tie Guan Yin, and rock tea. It easily brings out the fragrance and brings together a harmonious and sweet taste.
We have several Xi Shi pots in stock, the pot photographed might not be the pot you will receive. Each pot is fully hand-made, so there will be minor difference. If you would like to see the pot you will receive, please email us for more pictures.
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Preparation Before Use
Yixing Teapots should be prepared before using the first time. This is called "opening the pot". It removes the dust/sand from firing the teapot.
We recommend rinsing the teapot under warm water two or three times, then wipe gently inside and outside of the pot with a new non-scratch sponge scourer to remove sediment trapped in the unglazed clay.
Then, filling the teapot with boiling water, wait for 10 minutes, empty the pot; repeat one more time, the new Yixing teapot is ready 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 one or two days.
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.