Zhuni Wengxing Yixing Teapot, 朱泥瓮形壶, 120ml
Capacity: Approximately 120ml
This teapot reproduces an antique zhuni teapot from the Qing Dynasty (Last photo shows the actual antique teapot that was used as inspiration). The style is known as Wengxing 瓮形. It is made by Lin Hanpeng and Chen Chunhong Studio.
This is an yixing teapot made from the rarer red clay known as zhuni. This zhuni was mined from Xiaomeiyao Yixing. 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 its ability to preserve the full spectrum of flavour and fragrance of a tea. It is also the most difficult clay to fire as it is more likely to break during the process.
This teapot shape is known as Siting 思亭. 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.
It 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.