Volume: Approximately 140ml.
The ore for this teapot was handpicked from Lin Hanpeng's supply of TianQingNi ore for its purity. As this stock has less lipini (the ore found alongside TianQingNi), the finished clay has fewer lipini flecks (light white/yellow flecks on the surface).
The legendary TianQingNi 天青泥 was believed to be the finest purple clay (zini) in Yixing, and was prized above other kinds of zini for making teapots during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The clay is a dark liver colour.
TianQingNi is classified as zini and can be used the same way as teapots made of other kinds of zini (dicaoqing, qinghuini, etc.). It will negate harsher aromas and flavours – storage and smoky aromas among others – allowing the more subtle flavours of these teas to emerge.
The shape of this teapot is known as Tall Julun Teapot 高巨轮壶。
This pot is known as "half-handmade" as the sculptor uses a molding tool to help shape the body. In fact, no machine was used in its shaping as the use of the tool is entirely manual.
You can read about half handmade teapots in our blog post here.
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.