Ming Shi Yixing Teapot by Master Gao & Xu's Studio

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Ming Shi Yixing Teapot // By Masters Gao & Xu's Studio

Fully Hand Made in Dingshu Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, China

Approximate measurements: 9cm x 8.5cm x 7.5cm 160ml.

Excellent quality and understated style, with highly experienced skilled craftsmanship and quality original material comes this fully handmade teapot. 'The' classic teapot silhouette, practical and elegant in its form. This shape of teapot originated in the Ming Dynasty, strong and round in the body making it a real pleasure for brewing big leaf teas with plenty of space to unfurl. Made from the rarer Xiao Mei Yao Zhuni clay, vermillion in tone, both brilliant red and scarlet with finer particulates and a lustrous surface. Great attention has been made to show the finer subtleties of this teapot, a particularly special detail and sign of quality is the visible shrinklines (from the firing) on the outer surface, a flowing texture - beautifully tactile to hold. Together with perfect proportions, even weight and balance with a solid pouring arch. Truly a timeless classic!

Zhuni clay has a great porous quality with tiny granular corrugations on the surface, it is intended to, in time, absorb the flavours and aromas from the oils of the tea to further enhance your tea drinking experience. Likewise, in time the outer surface may take on a desirable patina and a subtle shine. For this reason it is often thought to be good practice to brew one type of tea in Yixing teapot. Teas we would recommend for this pot, brewed in a gong fu style matter would be either Wuyi Rock Oolong, Dan Cong Oolong or rolled Oolongs such as Iron Goddess of Mercy. Be sure to warm the teapot with around 50ºc warm water before brewing with hotter water as Zhuni clay is particularly sensitive to temperature changes.

Master Gao & Master Xu's Studio was founded in 2000, with a combined experience of more 70 years experience of refining, preparing the clay and skilfully crafting these teapots. Their practice exclusively uses the original Yixing purple clay from Huanglong Mountain and continue to refine and prepare the clay ore material through natural time honoured methods.

All our Yixing teapots come boxed with certificates issued by each artist.