Bian Sculpted Yixing Zini & Duanni Teapot
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These flattened teapots are made from either Yixing zini (with a small amount of lighter coloured sand blended in) or duanni clay. They employ an intricate and detailed fully handmade design, which has been patented by the artist.
This teapot holds approximately 145ml (+/- 5ml) with an ~10 second pour. It features a large ball filter and tight-fitting lid, making it suitable for serving 1-3 people. Each teapot also includes a certificate from the artist indicating the artist’s name, shape and clay composition.
Zisha (紫砂, lit. “purple sand”) clay from Yixing is valued largely due to the porous nature of the clay. As you use it, oils from your tea enter the pot, which can in turn season it and enhance the flavour of the tea you use it with over time. For this reason, we recommend dedicating your new Yixing teapot to one type of tea only (raw puer, shou puer, aged puer, black, dancong, yancha, etc) and never washing it with soap or anything else besides water. Please see the care instructions tab above for more details on seasoning and maintaining your teapot.
We recommend testing this teapot with different types of tea and deciding for yourself which type is most suitable, as there are no hard and fast rules for clay and tea type pairings. However, the conventional advice is that both zini and duanni are considered a good choice for shou puer, humid stored aged raw puer and higher roasted wulongs, such as many Yancha. This is due to the higher porosity of the clay, which can help “clear up” the tea by reducing excessive storage or roasting flavour.
Additionally, a patina or surface shine will develop on the outside of the teapot due to its interaction with the tea, providing an aesthetic enhancement. Functionally, zisha teapots also have very good heat retention qualities.
|Dimensions||14.5 × 11 × 4 cm|