Yun Zhu Yixing Teapot by Master Gao & Xu's Studio
Yun Zhu Yixing Teapot // By Masters Gao & Xu's Studio
Half Hand Made in Dingshu Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, China
Approximate measurements: 8cm x 6cm x 6cm 100ml. Ball hole spout.
Elegantly full of curves and a flowing spirit, softening lines and heightening its beauty with highly experienced skilled craftsmanship and quality original material comes this half handmade teapot. Made from the popular Qing Hui Duanni clay, favoured for its versatility in tea brewing, dark greyish green in tone with finer particulates and golden flecks of Duanni and grains all over the surface giving a complex texture and unique appearance. An absolutely beautiful teapot with fine artistry indeed. Great attention has been made in its ergonomic design for greater comfort and pleasure in use, as well as highlighting the finer subtleties of this teapot, the lower profile form, squat ball shaped button atop the domed lid, short spout standing tall, sculpted handle and wider, flat base in the body making it ideal for brewing larger leaf teas with plenty of space to unfurl. Together with perfect proportions, even weight and balance with an exquisite pouring arch, the artist has beautifully decorated the surface with a delicate bamboo branch and complimentary tea poem. 竹窗留月夜品茶 ~ “Tea at night with the moon in the bamboo window”.
Qing Hui Duanni clay comes from an ore layer between Zini (Purple clay) and Duanni (Yellow clay) creating a beautifully intricate nature in appearance and composition. It has a porous quality similar to that of Zini 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 Oolongs, Dan Cong Oolongs, Sheng or Shou Puerhs, or Black teas.
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.
‘Half Handmade’ refers to having hand prepared clay slabs, the potter then uses a manual gypsum cast to shape the teapot body, once this is done all other elements, the lid, spout and handle and any decorations are skilfully created and finished by hand.
All our Yixing teapots come boxed with certificates issued by each artist.