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Fat Eggplant Yixing Teapot

jiangponi

Pudgy and squat, bearing an almost indifferent expression, this is a rather unusual Yixing, both for the sandy-textured jiang po ni clay as well as its form, ornamental in its subtle curves. Made in the jia duan hu style, meant to evoke an aubergine, the body bears the double bulb of the vegetable and the lid handle is curved to suggest a stem, while the curling handle and spout remind one of adjacent vines. A larger Yixing pot, it is best suited to the darker flavours of black tea, hei cha, or darker oolongs, but can be used with any type of tea.

 

The clay

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.

  • MATERIAL:  jiàng pō ní, 降坡泥
  • MINE:  Huánglóng shān, 黄龙山
  • SHAPE:  Jiā duàn hú, 茄段壶 (eggplant pot)
  • CAPACITY:  220 ml
  • HEIGHT:  7.5 cm
  • WIDTH:  7.5 x 11.5 cm

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