PRE-ORDER: TianQingNi Shipiao Yixing Teapot, 天青泥石瓢壶, 100ml
This listing is for pre-orders. The pre-order period will end byThursday, May 28 or when the batch is fully booked. Teapots will ship at the end of June. The teapot will be the exact same shape as the dicaoqing shipiao teapot pictured above, but in TianQingNi clay instead of dicaoqing.
The volume of each teapot should be approximately 100ml. This is only a rough estimate, the actual pot may be slightly larger or smaller than our 100ml estimate (the range should be between 90-110ml in volume).
We are very excited to be able to offer these teapots made of original ore TianQingNi 天青泥. 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 and has faint flecks of yellow on the surface, which are traces of lipini, the yellow clay found alongside TianQingNi ore.
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.
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.
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.