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A top-heavy figure with delicate features could refine a tea ceremony by his presence alone. Characterizing the 'autumn water pot', the prosperous swell of its form falls into a footless underbelly resembling a quiet pool of water. As if playing with the more frequent feminine references in teapots, the artist has adorned its voluptuous body with the whimsical spout of a puer mingens, and just as effectively does it pour tea; initially surprising and subsequently inseparable from its dandy appearance.
Made of lustrous and dense zhuni (朱泥), mined from Huanglong mountain and stored in a private collection before it was processed by the artist Jiangli. Shrinking during firing, its resultant density and superior heat retention recommends it for use with aromatic teas or those brewed with the hottest water, such as rolled oolongs or black teas.
Why do I need a Yixing teapot?
The material and the shape of Yixing teapots are ideal for brewing tea. They bring out the tea flavor like no other tea vessel. Hand-made Yixing teapots are also valuable handicrafts sought after by collectors. Their value raises with time, usage and artist popularity.
Yixing teapots are made of a rare and depleting clay mined in the mountains near Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province. The high density yet porous nature of the clay absorbs the smell of the tea brewed in it. For this reason, it is advised to use the pot with only one kind of tea (for instance with black teas or green teas). Bring your tea to the next level; allow yourself an authentic Yixing teapot.