Handmade San Zu Ru Ding Yixing Zisha Teapot

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Handmade San Zu Ru Ding Yixing Zisha Teapot

Xiangpo Ni (降坡泥)


Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China


Sun Wen


200ml (6.7oz)


4.9” W x 3.5” H (12.5cm x 9cm)


Great for brewing Oolong TeaPu-erh TeaBlack Tea

Angel's Comment:

Inspired by ancient utensils, and uses rare Xiangpo Ni as raw materials, plus vivid engraving and exquisite calligraphy, this teapot has both use and collection value.

Ru Ding teapot is an imitation-shape teapot. It is inspired by an ancient cooking utensil in China – Ding, which is one of the important species in ancient bronze wares.


Inspiration of Ru Ding Teapot: Ding

TeaVivre’s Handmade San Zu Ru Ding Teapot is made of the rare Xiangpo Ni and handcraft by teapot maker Sun Wen. The teapot body is full and round, shine and smooth, the lines of the body and the lid are integrated. The spout is short and sturdy, which cause a powerful pouring. The figure engraved on the teapot is Zhong Kui, a supernatural being who can fight ghosts and drive away evil spirits in Chinese folklore. Although he looks a bit crude and terrifying, he is a very talented person and an upright person. The image of this character exactly matches the four words "厚德载福" on the other side of the teapot body, which means that the virtuous man can receive much blessing.


Material - Xiang Po Ni

This clay was originally found in the early 90s when the Yixing government opened the so-called “pottery capital road” running from Dingshan to Yixing, passing through the junction slope of Huanglong and Qinglong Mountains. To smooth the slope, the workers began cutting and digging it away, which resulted in the discovery of the raw Zisha ore. It is also called Gangpo Ni by some local people. It was discovered by accident, and as such, its stock is scarce. It is light-brown in color which turns a lovely red speckled with yellow once fired, a fresh tone with a granular texture that becomes a bit oily and waxy afterwards, all in all an excellent variety of Zisha clay.

The Maker - Sun Wen

Sun Wen is a young female potter born in Dingshu Village, Yixing in Jiangsu Province, an area famous for its pottery. Her parents are experienced craftsmen of the discipline, and served as inspiration for her interest in the art of Yixing purple clay from her childhood. She has always studied hard in order to improve and advance her own workmanship, eventually establishing a quaint, elegant style of her own, including words and pictures carved into the teapot to enhance its meaning.


Yixing County is known as the Pottery Capital of China for its extensive 6500-year history of the craft. The area boasts abundant resources of argil, tea, bamboo, and charcoal, each of which contributes an important base material for the making of pottery. Yixing Zisha products have earned countless prizes both at home in China as well as abroad, with a few exceptional works presented as national gifts during international diplomacy.

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