Yixing Chinese Tea Pot
Sapphire Xishi (Baoshilan Zhuni Xishi)

A red clay (Zhuni) Yixing Chinese tea pot handmade by highly regarded artist Zhu Xinnan. The pot holds 200 millimeters, it comes with 2 matching cups.



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This attractive design is named after the most beautiful woman who ever lived in China - Xishi. It is made by highly regarded artist Zhu Xinnan (朱新南).

It is one of his more popular designs.

Which Clay?

yixingThe clay comes from the original clay mine of Yixing County: Huanglong Shan (Yellow Dragon Mountain).

It is a high quality red clay (Zhuni) that has been left to weather for 25 years before being crafted.

(This Yixing mine has now shut. So the original red clay is usually used to make smaller pots.)

Because it has appears sapphire on the outside, it is known by the Yixing artists as the Sapphire Zhuni.

While a new pot can feel rough, this pot is different. It is very smooth to touch, and gets better with seasoning.

Since this is a red clay, it is harder and has higher frequency, which you can detect by gently knocking the lid against the pot.

Although it is best for brewing green tea or aromatic oolong, you can also use it to brew other types of tea. Just remember to use one type of tea for one pot.

Capacity

The pot holds 200 millimeters, so it is suitable for 2 persons.

It comes with 2 matching Yixing cups.

Seal

yixingThe surface has a natural luster. After short period of seasoning, it acquires a greater shine, which has a warm, darker hue.

You can also find Mr Zhu's seal at the bottom of the pot. The four characters says "Zhu Xin Nan Make".

Testing

This Yixing Chinese Tea Pot has 14 holes behind the mouth.

We have tested it according to the guidelines of How to Buy Chinese Tea Set.

You can be sure the lid fits tightly. If you were to fill it with water and invert, no water will spill.

When you let the water go, it will stream out as far as 8 centimeters.

About the Author

yixingMr Zhu Xinnan was born in 1957 in Yixing from a long line of potters.

He graduated from the Jiangsu Industrial School in 1980, before taking up apprentice in Yixing Pottery Factory to learn creative design.

He enrolled in Central Institute of Art and Craft from 1992 to 1994. Three years later in 1997, he was awarded "China Outstanding Young Potter".

He went on to specialize in Yixing designs for the last 20 years. In China, he is highly regarded for his non-decorative, classical designs.

He currently has two Yixing titles. One is a National Level Assistant Craft Master (国家级助理工艺师). The other is Craft and Art Master (工艺美术师).

Although there are ten of thousands of potters in Yixing, only a few hundreds can be regarded as masters with official titles. Mr Zhu is one of them, which speak a lot of about his caliber and standing in China.

What's Included?

This tea pot will come with 2 matching cups made from Yixing purple clay.

The price below also include courier shipping. For US and Western Europe, it will take 5 to 10 days to arrive.

No other shipping charge is payable.

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