180ml Zhuni Zisha Teapot, Chinese Yixing Shuiping
This is an yixing teapot made from the rarer red clay known as "zhuni". As you can see from the photos, zhuni clay has a slight bumpy appearance. The clay will develop a shine from use. Zhuni clay is prized for it's ability to bring out the best flavors. It is also the most difficult clay to fire as it is more likely to break during the process.
This teapot is the classic "shuiping" style,very popular in Taiwan and Hong Kong. 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. This pot holds 180 ml, good for 2 or more people.