Yixing Chinese Tea Pot
Zini Xiao Xishi
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An Yixing Chinese tea pot made using the Zini clay. This pot holds 150 milliliters and comes with 2 cups. This item is also eligible for free courier shipping (worth $27) and bulk discount gift certificate (worth $15).
This attractive design is named after the most beautiful woman who ever lived in China - Xishi. The handle is inverted, which is why the style of tea pot is called Daoba Xishi.
The Yixing tea pot is also made by highly regarded artist Zhu Xinnan （朱新南）. It is suitable for brewing all kinds of oolong and black tea.
The tea pot has been made using clay that come from the original mine of Yixing County: Huanglong Shan (Yellow Dragon Mountain). They have been left to weather for 25 years before being crafted.
The Yixing mine is now shut. However, skilled potters like Mr Zhu Xinnan has access to these weathered clays as he came from a long line of skilled potters and the family owned a large inventory of such clay.
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This tea pot is made of purple clay (Zini) and is brown in color.
It has a natural luster and requires only a couple of weeks of seasoning to see the shine. You can see it by clicking on the picture on the right.
On the left is a new pot. On the right is the seasoned pot after one week.
You can see that the seasoned pot has acquired a warm, dark hue.
The word xiao means small, as this is a small tea pot with capacity of 150 milliliters, ideal for one person drinking, as it allows you to use a small amount of tea leaves each time. It comes with 2 Yixing cups.
Making gongfu tea is about infusing a concentrated brew of tea in for a short period of time, but multiple-infusing many times, which is why Westerners are often surprised how small an Yixing tea pot can be!
What's the most important thing when buying a Yixing tea pot?
Yes, it is making the right connection with the creator - in this case - Mr Zhu Xinnan.
He is the only person that can get the design, functions and clay right.
Counterfeits of Mr Zhu's pots are rampant in China these days. We commissioned our pots directly from him, so you can be assured of the quality.
You will also find Mr Zhu's seal at the bottom of the pot. The four characters says "Zhu Xin Nan Make".
You will also receive a photo of him holding this pot.
The tea pot has 9 holes behind the mouth.
We have tested it according to the guidelines of How to Buy Chinese Tea Set and found that it passes all the tests prescribed.
Both tea pots will come with 2 cups made from lower grade Yixing purple clay.
The price includes courier shipping. For US and Western Europe, it will take 5 to 10 days to arrive.
This item is also eligible for bulk discount gift certificate worth $15
About the Potter
You see, although there are ten of thousands of potters in Yixing, only a few hundreds can be regarded as masters with official titles.
Mr Zhu Xinnan (朱新南）, born in 1957 in Yixing from a long line of potters, is one of these elites. In Yixing, he is well-known for being an extremely skilled potter and a wealthy man with a large inventory of rare, seasoned Yixing clay.
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By Stig (Copenhagen)
Yes, the Yixing Baoshilan tea pot is a superbly handicrafted beauty (I certainly understand why Mr Zhu Xinan wins prizes!) and a pleasure to use when I make oolong tea to myself (my wife swears to coffee). Its volume equates one mug (for practical reasons) or four of the small cups (for fun and tradition) accompanying the pot.
My only technical critique would be that the pot does drip when pouring the tea - it seems inevitable, and I notice that you use a tray, maybe for the same reason? To avoid dripping one must make a very sharp lower edge of the sprout – and then it won’t last long in practical use: thin ceramics tend to break easily.
But these are quibbles, the pot is a masterly illustration of the very essence of elegance in pottery!
By Sigurd (Huddinge)
Got the tea pot :-) Photo and the Chinese note are a treat! I will print out some of your text about the maker, and add to the pot. Will be a great gift! From feeling it and watching it, it is a 5 out of 5!