Xu Bian Yixing Teapot

Like a dark pool, this Yixing spreads out, giving tea within space to relax and expand. The soft textured zini with occasional brighter flecks bows—unlike many teapots—outward in concave slopes while the lid is nearly flat, catching the light above and shadowing the underside. The slight downward bend of the spout completes its profile with a flourishing undulation, inviting the user to pour out an infusion screened by a built-in net filter. Fill with equally dark oolongs, black tea, or any leaves that could use the room to shine.

The clay

This teapot is made of Zini (紫泥) clay, a dark brown ore extracted from the famous mountain Huanglong shan (黄龙山).

Zini is ideal for steeping black teas and post-fermented Pu'er (Shu Pu'er); it is also a very good match to roasted and aged oolong teas.

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.

  • MATERIAL:  Zini, 紫泥 (lit. Purple Mud)
  • SHAPE:  Xu Bian, 虚扁 ('empty flat', possible corruption of Shu Bian, 书扁 'book flat')
  • CAPACITY:  150 ml
  • HEIGHT:  6 cm
  • WIDTH:  9 x 12 cm