- Tea Knowledge
Tiny and table-like, this Yixing teapot with a perfectly flat lid is constructed of a redder variety of the rare and heterogeneous Jiangponi ore, and its classic shape is marked by several ornamental details: in addition to its namesake 'three lines' that ring the sharply-sloping body, the spout bears the shape of a crooked elbow—or perhaps an ankle—and the knob flares like a minaret in a mirage. These subtleties give the whole pot a little pizazz, as its otherwise smooth and low body brews delicious tea coolly. It's a Yixing for those with a crooked smile and a glint in their eye.
Includes a built-in clay ball filter.
Discovered by accident while building a road between two mountains, both Yixing mines, this is a paragenetic ore called Jiangponi (meaning 'downhill clay'), formed from a combination of minerals found in hongni, zini, and duanni—a good choice for the indecisive.
The intersection of these different ores offer differing combinations of each, though even all together, this is a rarer material than other Yixing ores. The processing of the clay leaves one ore speckling a blended colour, depending on the exact mixture and firing temperature.
Why do I need a Yixing teapot?
The material and the shape of Yixing teapots are ideal for brewing tea. They bring out the tea flavour like no other tea vessel. Handmade Yixing teapots are also valuable handicrafts sought after by collectors. Their value raises with time, usage and artist popularity.
Yixing teapots are made of a rare and depleting clay mined in the mountains near Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province. The high density yet porous nature of the clay absorbs the smell of the tea brewed in it. For this reason, it is advised to use the pot with only one kind of tea (for instance with black teas or green teas). Bring your tea to the next level; allow yourself an authentic Yixing teapot.