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Placid and flat, the shape of this teapot is best appreciated at an angle, where the extremes of its dimensions—very short, yet quite wide—can be perceived. The surface of the dun-brown duanni, studded with pale flecks, offers the pleasing texture of a river-polished stone, and suggests an excellent base for a patina to develop. The beak-like, short spout seems longer in proportion to the height, and makes for a graceful symmetry with the round, one-finger handle. Its functional advantage comes in the form of the wide mouth, allowing the loading of long or unruly leaves, and it includes a built-in net filter. Those trying to tame a white tea may find the former particularly helpful, as might frequent partakers of Wuyi yan cha. A beautiful and understated addition to one's teapot arsenal.
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.