Xiao Pin Yixing Zisha Clay Siting Teapot
- Additional information
This Siting (思亭) shape Yixing teapot is fully handmade using a blend of old and new Dahongpao clay. Dahongpao clay is known for its crimson appearance after firing and high density. Due to this higher density, this clay has a lower standard firing temperature (1080 degrees Celsius) compared to other zisha clays. This also means that it is less porous, making it suitable for highly fragrant teas.
Original mine clay of this type is highly sought and therefore highly valued, so employing a mixture of old and new clay is an effective way to minimize the cost while still achieving a beautiful appearance.
This teapot holds approximately 100ml (+/- 5ml) and features a flat filter and tight-fitting lid with long lid-skirt, making it suitable for serving 1-2 people. The pour speed is approximately 7.5 seconds.
Each teapot also includes a certificate from the artist indicating the artist’s name, shape and clay composition. Please note that some of the books are inconsistent in the stated clay origins, indicating either “dahongpao clay” or “original mine dahongpao clay”. Please see our blog post for more information on Yixing clay and pots.
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.
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.
After taking our time and easing ourselves into the world of Yixing teaware, we are happy to finally offer what we feel is a worthy selection of zisha teapots. For more information and insights into our experiences with Yixing zisha, please see the blog entries from our recent visit to Yixing.
|Dimensions||10 × 6.5 × 8 cm|