Size: Approximately 450ml
This HanTing shipiao 寒汀石瓢 teapot features a hand carved picture of Bamboo on one side and a poem on the other. The Song Dynasty poem, “寒生绿樽上，影入翠屏中” describes the beautiful bamboo scenery.
This is a reproduction of a teapot by the legendary zisha artist Gu JingZhou 顾景舟。In 1948 he made 5 shipiao teapots and had Wu Hufan 吴湖帆 carve the poems, and Wu Hufan and Jiang HanTing 江寒汀 carve the paintings on each teapot. He gifted 4 of the teapots and kept 1 for himself. 3 of these teapots have sold at auction for record-breaking prices. The final auction for the original shipiao with the design above sold for 14 million RMB (around 7 million USD).
This is an Yixing teapot made from dicaoqing zisha, a dark brown-purple Yixing clay. This dicaoqing is original ore zisha from Huanglongshan Number 4 Mine. This clay is very versatile and is good for use with most kinds of tea.
You can read more about Dicaoqing clay in our blog entry here.
This teapot shape is known as shipiao石瓢. This pot is known as "half-handmade" as the sculptor uses a molding tool to shape the body, and uses his hands for the handle, spout, holes, and smoothing out the body. In fact, no machine was used in it's shaping as the use of the tool is entirely manual.
You can read more about half handmade teapots in our blog entry here.
This teapot holds 450ml and was made by Lin Hanpeng and Chen Chunhong Studio.
Preparation Before Use
Yixing Teapots should be prepared before using the first time. This is called "opening the pot". It removes the dust from firing 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.