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Handmade Tall Shui Ping Yixing Zisha Teapot
Zi Ni (紫泥)
Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China
5.9” W x 3.7” H (15cm x 9.5cm)
A very elegant teapot, the engraving on body adds beauty and artistic feeling.
Shui Ping is one of the oldest and best-established styles of Yixing Zisha teapot, over thousands of years. The shape of this Zini Tall Shui Ping teapot is like a pear. It is round and full from top to bottom, with smooth lines and coordinated proportions. Its bulging "belly" can provide more space for tea leaves, so it is very suitable for brewing oolong and puerh tea. The engraving of the teapot body is meticulous and vivid, making it more artistic and collectible.
Material – Zi Ni (紫泥)
Zi Ni is a classic and widely recognized Zisha clay on the market, refined from Zisha ore dug out of the mine of Huanglong, Yixing. This clay has a stable, mature color, a high iron content, and good breathability and structure. Along with this, it barely contracts when fired and molds easily, marking it as a good choice for large crafts and also the first choice of clay for many Zisha makers. Teapots made out of Zi Ni can easily maintain a lustrous shine, and are generally preferred for brewing light-roasted oolong or pu-erh teas.
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.