Black Pearl Shipiao Wood Fired Jianshui Zitao Teapot

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These teapots are fully hand made using unglazed, Jianshui zitao purple clay. Although it’s called purple clay, zitao is actually considered a 5 colour clay, consisting of purple, red, white, yellow and green/cyan.

As wood firing has become more popular in Jianshui in recent years, we’ve encountered pots with various effects. In this case, these pots are made from the local red clay that was wood fired for an extended period of several days. This process results in a high breakage rate, however, the surviving pots produce a beautiful dark finish that shifts from a deep dark brown, to blue, black, and back around again, depending on the lighting and angle. The surface also naturally sparkles due to the high iron content in the clay.

This pot holds approximately 320ml of liquid and pours empty in approximately 12 seconds via a ball filter, making it an excellent choice fort hosting a large tea session, or for those who can really drink a lot of tea.

As this is made from unglazed clay, we recommend and designating it for a specific type of tea. Please see the recommended care tab for more information.

Once your receive your new zitao teapot, you may want to season it and prepare it for the many teas and years of use it will experience. Personally, we have shied away from seasoning teapots as time goes on, not because this process doesn’t help, but because it is extra work and invites the risk of breakage if you’re not careful.

We feel that a week or 2 of consistent use is typically sufficient to break in a new pot. More often than not, we just rinse a new pot twice with boiling water, then go to town. Simple and easy.

With that said, if you still wish to season your teapot and get a head start, the process is relatively simple:

  1. Check for clay deposits and scrape gently with a wooden or bamboo stick.
  2. Place the pot in boiled water and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot and allow it to dry
  4. Using new water, add some new or used tea leaves of the type that you plan to use this pot for, boil, add the teapot and allow it to sit for another 30-60 mins.
  5. Rinse with regular water and allow to dry
  6. Repeat as desired
  7. Your teapot is ready to be used!

After seasoning your pot, it’s advised to designate the pot for one type of tea (raw puer, ripe puer, oolong, black tea, etc) as the pot will slowly absorb the flavour and characteristics of the tea you use it for.

If for some reason you use it with another type of tea, don’t worry. Your pot is not ruined or tainted. The process of raising it is cumulative and happens over a long period of time – one simple session of brewing with another type of tea won’t make a noticeable difference. However, one thing you should definitely not do is use soap or anything other than water to wash or rinse your pot. If it absorbs the properties of tea over time, it will also absorb anything else you put in it, especially anything perfumed or scented.

Additional information

Weight 325 g
Dimensions 15.5 × 8 × 8 cm
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