This is an yixing teapot made from Jiangponi 降坡泥, a special Yixing clay (zisha) that comes from an original ore that is a mixture of the purple (zini), yellow (duanni), and red (hongni) clay. The clay has a unique feel and color with specs of yellow and other colors visible on the skin. This clay can be treated the same as zini and is quite versatile. This variety of jiangponi is the more desirable variety also known as jiangpo hongni 降坡红泥, and was mined beside Huanglong Mountain.
You can read more about jiangponi in our blog entry here.
This pot is known as "half-handmade" as the sculptor shapes the main body by hand using a moulding tool. The handle, spout, holes, and the finishing touches are done by hand. 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 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.