Teapot style: Xi Shi 西施壶
Clay type: Duan Ni 原矿段泥
Craft: Fully handmade
Zi Sha Pottery Artist: Huang Yu 黄昱
Strainer type: 7-hole strainer
Dimensions: 5.5cm diameter of the bottom & 6cm on the rim; 5.5cm height (body only)
"Xi Shi" style is one of the most classic shapes for Zi Sha Teapot, it looks very simple yet it's very difficult to master the simple line and curve. This Xi Shi pot is beautifully made by Huang Yu. The super smoothly finished with the beautiful flow through the whole pot, and it already shows glossy and silk to the touch, and very easy to hold and pour. Over time brewing tea gives the teapot a highly pleasing and shining yellow colour.
This teapot is almost ideal to brew any Oolong teas especially for lightly roasted oolongs such as Tie Guan Yin, Alishan High Mountain Oolongs, Raw Puer teas, white tea and green teas. It won't be the most ideal clay for brewing Shu Puer due to clay's nature colour, the dark liquor can easily darken the pot and creates uneven colour on the surface of the pot, unless you could wipe the pot after every brew.
The teapot photographed is the teapot you will receive.
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Preparation Before Use
All of our Yixing Teapots are made with extremely high quality and pure Zi Sha clay, there is really not much you need to do before you use. Please following the simple steps below to "opening the pot" to remove 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 to allow the clay absolving water fully, 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.