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Grand Lantern Yixing Teapot

jiangponi

Half mythic magic oil lamp, half paper lantern, this teapot positively sizzles with anticipation, awaiting an exquisite tea from which to waft its aromas heavenward. And like its namesake, it will light up even the darkest of evenings, even under the dimmest of skies. The wide body is gently indented, suggesting the panels of a Chinese lantern, and the lid handle reiterates the shape in miniature. Made from the unusual jiangponi ore, this one has a higher proportion of yellow duanni, and the unglazed rock will subtly smooth tea flavours, supporting them with a fresh minerality. A good choice for experienced tea drinkers, and for use with sheng pu’er, white, and yellow teas.

 

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:  Dà gōngdēng, 大宫灯 (Grand Lantern)
  • CAPACITY:  310 ml
  • HEIGHT:  7.5 cm
  • WIDTH:  6.5 x 15.5 cm

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