This teapot is made from original ore Lipini 梨皮泥, a very rare kind of lüni mined together with Tian Qing Ni. Because of the very small amount of clay available, it is unlikely that we will be able to offer lipini again once this batch is sold out.This ore is quite grainy, breathable, and balances with the softness of the clay to give the clay a great depth and character.
You can read more about lipini in our blog post here.
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 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.