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Its stone-like, tawny texture speckled by pale grains, this medium-sized teapot in the Gu Weng style is equally at home on the table or in a field. Only the base makes a sharp angle as the the body, spout, handle, and cap-shaped lid form continuous, organic curves as if eroded by the passage of aeons. This bowing allows for a sturdy structure while the walls remain fairly thin, and its wide middle gives room for tea leaves' horizontal expansion while a built-in net filter avoids them clogging the spout. The brown-grey colour of the ore will perfectly complement either clean or ornate settings, and look pretty pouring paler sheng Pu'er or oolongs and staining gently with use.
The yellowish duanni (缎泥) ore is the lightest of typical Yixing ores, and depending on the exact composition and firing can range from from green to yellow to grey. It can smooth astringency, though some also enjoy using it with lighter teas—white, yellow, and even green.
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 flavor like no other tea vessel. Hand-made 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.