Show us how your MudandLeaves teapot has seasoned for a chance to win $75 off your next order at MudandLeaves.com. Winner will be announced by the end of June.
1. Share an original photo of your seasoned teapot from MudandLeaves (Could be an Yixing, Nixing or other teapot) on Instagram. A seasoned teapot is one that has developed a patina (shine, tea stains, etc.) from use.
2. Tag us @mudandleaves and include the hashtag #teapotseasoning so we can see your entry.
That’s it! The contest ends June 27, and the winner will be announced on June 28.
Multiple entries per account permitted, but only one entry per teapot. Entering the contest means you agree to have your photo featured on our website and social media. We will choose the winner and announce it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and in a follow up blog entry.
Have fun and good luck!
If you’re looking at a “Heini” 黑泥 (Black Clay) Yixing Teapot, chances are you’re looking at a teapot that has either had chemical pigments mixed into the clay or one that has been fired in a low-oxygen (reduction) environment.
This week’s blog entry is Part 2 of our series on processing Tian Qing Ni. This week we look at the steps taken from clay to finished teapot.
Now that the first batch of Tian Qing Ni Yixing Teapots has emerged from the kiln, we decided to write a short follow up to last October’s article, this time discussing the steps in the process for turning raw Tian Qing Ni ore into usable clay for teapots. Tian Qing Ni is a rare subcategory of purple Yixing clay (zini), prized for its beauty, ease of shaping and firing, and for improving the flavour and aroma of tea. Click here for more on the history of this clay.
While the steps below show Tian Qing Ni, the same process can be applied to any kind of zini. Photos are from Lin Hanpeng’s studio where the process took place.
This year will be the first time we order a custom mould for our own line of Yixing Teapots. In recognition that many of our customers prefer smaller Yixing Teapots, we have ordered a mould for dicaoqing shuipings in a sub-100ml capacity. The design will recreate the classic shuiping silhouette in the studio's excellent original ore dicaoqing, a versatile zini (purple clay). As we discussed in our previous article on the topic, half-handmade teapots are made with the help of moulds, which the potter uses when shaping the clay slabs by hand into the different pieces that will form the finished teapot.
The following photos show the design in progress from Lin Hanpeng, with his explanation. The English translation follows below.
As we mentioned in our article discussing duanni clay, the name “duanni” can refer to a broad category of zisha (Yixing clay) defined as being those clays that do not fall under the category of zini (purple clay) or hongni (red clay). Within the category "duanni," there is also the clay called “Benshan Duanni” 本山段泥. Another well-known clay within the “duanni” category is Benshan Lüni 本山绿泥. Although both are yellow clays mined from the same mountain, they differ in origin, composition and character.