This Ji Zhi (汲直) Yixing teapot is made from authentic Jiangponi (降坡泥) clay. It follows a half-hand creation process where the body of the pot is shaped in a gypsum case, while the handle, spout, lid and holes are still done entirely by hand. It is made by one of the artists from the studio of Masters Gao & Xu in Yixing. This tea pot is beautifully decorated with an inscription that reads: 苦而旨，直其体，公孙丞相甘如醴.
It has a classic shape that is one of the 18 Yixing teapot styles of Man Sheng (曼生) (1768-1822), who was a calligrapher, painter and seal engraver in the Qing Dynasty. Man Sheng, real name Chen Hong Shou (陈鸿寿), took an interest in Yixing pots and designed new styles by combining calligraphy, pottery and painting. The pots were made by a local Yixing master Yang Peng Nian (杨彭年) after the designs provided to him by Man Sheng. These designs proved to be a pivotal point in history of Yixing teapot making and many modern teapot still follow the timeless Man Sheng styles.
Jiangponi clay was only discovered in the 1990’s during the construction of a road near Huanglong Mountain. The layer of clay was discovered while digging the lower slope of the road, hence the Chinese name that translates as ‘lower slope clay’. This clay is particularly porous and absorbs more flavour. As such, it is perfect for richly flavoured teas as this clay has a tendency to even out the harsher flavours. Ideal for sheng pu-erh, aged white tea and stronger black teas.
About our Yixing teapots
We source our Yixing tea pots from a studio located in Dingshu Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, China. The studio is run by Master Gao & Master Xu. Together they have been producing tea pots and refining clay ore for over 40 years. The studio works only with authentic purple clay from Huanglong Mountain (黄龙山) and utilises only traditional clay ore refining methods. Teapots made in this studio are either completely handmade or half-hand. For half-hand teapots the artist shapes the main body of the teapot using a gypsum cast, while the handle, spout, lid, holes and decoration are all still done entirely by hand.
Only ever use water to rinse and clean your pot; never use soap or any cleaning products as the clay will absorb the chemicals.
After receiving your new Yixing teapot, please use plenty of water to rinse inside and out. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. You can also season your teapot with a type of tea you are going to use it for. Do this by putting a good amount of tea into the teapot with boiling water. Let it brew for 2+ hours. After these steps your teapot is ready to use!
Look after your pot by rinsing it with water and wiping dry with a soft towel. Yixing clay is fragile so please handle with care. As the clay absorbs flavours, we strongly recommend reserving a tea pot for a specific type of tea. With time and good care your Yixing teapot will reward you with more sophisticated flavours.
Our Yixing teapots are shipped via fully insured courier service (DHL) in the UK and worldwide. For customers outside the EU, please verify import duties in your country prior to purchasing. If you need any assistance, help or guidance with your purchase, please do not hesitate to contact us before or after placing your order firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipped in a decorative protective box and pouch with a certificate from the master.