Photos are of actual teapot. Only 1 available.
Capacity: approximately 250ml
The carvings feature cranes on one side, and a Song Dynasty poem by Shi Shaosong 释绍嵩 called "Prefectural Magistrate Huang Sibu's Birthday" 知府黄寺簿生日。The poem reads:
Which can be loosely translated as:
"You have a good career. You are a moral man. You have done so many good things. It is not easy to mock you. Enjoy yourself. Hope your life is as long as that of a crane’s."
This teapot was handmade in the Li Brother's Studio with carvings of cranes by Li Changquan 黎昌权. The characters were carved by Qiu Yi Feng 邱一峰 a master calligrapher in the nixing carving community. Qiu Yi Feng has recently retired and this is one of the last teapots on which he has worked.
Mr. Li has over 50 years experience making Nixing Clay Teaware, having first learned the art when in his teens. He is known for his beautiful nixing carvings that have won him numerous awards and praise.
These are wheel thrown Nixing clay teapots. Each are handmade using Nixing Guangxi Clay. The teapot walls are thin-medium thickness. The clay has a mottled, dark grey to bronze brown color which varies between each pot and is a result of the clay's natural colors and the process of firing the clay.
About the Clay
Nixing Clay pottery is one of the 4 famous types of Chinese ceramics, which include Yixing Zisha. Nixing ceramics are made in Qinzhou, Guangxi. The art is quite old, having been practiced over 1000 years. The clay is found in the surrounding area of Qinzhou, is environmentally friendly, and is used without adding any glaze, paint or other chemicals, making it a safe and healthy clay for use in teaware. Nixing clay is prized for its ability to take on a patina with use, like yixing, and for its degree of porosity. The clay is less porous than zisha but more than porcelain, making it a good clay for use when brewing oolong (similar use to Zhuni Zisha).
Preparation Before Use
Nixing Teapots should be prepared before using the first time. This is called "opening the pot". It removes any remaining dust from the teapot.
We recommend rinsing the teapot under warm water two or three times, then filling the teapot with boiling water and emptying it out two to three times. After this the teapot is ready for use.