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Tall Well Railing Yixing Teapot

jiangponi

With its sandy texture and angular curves, this Yixing pot offers a rustic skeuomorphism, suggesting clay urns, wooden barrels, or water pumps, with its bowed body, rectangular handle, and straight, narrow spout. Indeed, the shape is called jing lan, meaning ‘well railing’, and like its namesake, it will guard a precious liquid within.

An excellent choice for the Yixing beginner, it is suitable for any kind of tea, though the more intense flavours of black tea, hei cha, or darker oolongs are particularly recommended by the artist. It is also among the larger of Yixing pots, making it versatile enough for western as well as gongfu style steeping.

For a smaller and flatter version of the Jing Lan style, see our Wide Railing Well pot.

 

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:  Jǐng lán, 井栏 (well railing)
  • CAPACITY:  240 ml
  • HEIGHT:  8 cm
  • WIDTH:  7.5 x 11.5 cm

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