Capacity: Approximately 180ml
This is an Yixing teapot made from a rarer form of Zhuni clay known as Zhuni Dahongpao for its deeper red colour.
As you can see from the photos, Dahongpao clay has a slight bumpy appearance and deeper red colour. Dahongpao, like other zhuni clay, is prized for its ability to bring out the best flavours. It is also a very difficult clay to fire as it is more likely to break during the process.
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.
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.