Teapot style: "Yuan" 缘
Clay type: Qing Hui Duan Clay (Duan Ni) 原矿青灰段泥
Craft: Fully handmade by Zhou Shu Yuan
Strainer type: 7-hole strainer
Dimensions of teapot body: 8.5cm (W) x 6.5cm (H)
Qing Hui Duan Clay belongs to Duan Ni family. This clay was very popular in late Ming and early Qing Dynasty (1600 - 1700), but it has been very small amount of ore being mined in the recent years that is why you don't see this type very often in the market. After firing, the clay has a deep purple-grey tone with very noticeable particles.
The teapot is beautifully finished with very smooth surface, the large round handle and a big knob design allow you to handle the pot very easily. The pot is crafted with a picture of an old gentleman sipping tea under a pine tree and “De Fu" means blessed on the other side.
One of newest teapots Zhou Shu Yuan has created under her mother - Dong Ya Fang's contribution and supervision. The bottom of the teapot states with the artist Zhou Shu Yuan's seal, and her mother's name "亚芳监制“ Ya Fang Supervision on the right hand side, and on the left states ”道洪传人“ means Dao Hong's successor which this is the first time she is allowed to have the name "Dao Hong" to appear on her work. Dao Hong is his first name, the family name is He, He Dao Hong is one the most prominent Yixing pottery artists. Both Dong Ya Fang and Zhou Shu Yuan learns their pottery skills from He Dao Hong.
All our Yixing teapots are fully handmade, we only have one of a kind in stock.
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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.