"Guan Shi" Yixing Teapot 120ML

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Style: "Guan Shi" - Scholar's Rocks 观石紫砂壶

Clay type: Original Ore Di Cao Qing  原矿底槽清

Artist: Zhou Shu Yuan 

Craft: Fully handmade

Strainer type: 7-hole strainer

Capacity: 120ml

Length (body only): 8cm

Height without the lid: 8.50cm

An elegant teapot made by Zhou Shu Yuan, the knob of the teapot is made to the look similar to Taihu rocks. Taihu rocks are a type of naturally occurring limestone rock found in the Taihu regions of China, primarily in Jiangshu province, next to Yixing city.  These rocks are prized for their unique shapes, textures, and patterns, making them highly sought after for use in traditional Chinese gardens, landscaping, and as ornamental stones.  They are often featured in Classical Chinese garden design and are appreciated for their aesthetic and meditative qualities. 

About the clay: Di Cao Qing 底槽清 belongs to the group of purple clay (Zi Sha), which is located at the bottom of the mine layer. It is a high-quality ore in Zi Sha with fine and pure clay texture.  The biggest characteristic of Di Cao Qing raw ore is the presence of grey spots, known as "chicken eyes". After firing, the chicken eyes will show yellow color and yellow particles can be seen in the teapot, looks like starry points. The clay has natural delicate and glossy look with a brown colour.  It changes quickly with using, and becomes even more rich and elegant shine. 

Only one in stock, so the pot photographed is the pot you will receive.

Please Note:
We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colours and subtle tones slightly differently. If you have questions about the pot or more pictures, please email us. 

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 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.