Handmade Tangyu Yixing Zisha Teapot

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Handmade Tangyu Yixing Zisha Teapot
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Yixing 100-300ml

Tie Xing Ni 铁星泥 ( Tie Xing Clay)


Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China


The teapot body, spout, handle and the knob on the lid are 100% handmade (Note: teapots

of 100% hand-made can’t be exactly the same as shown on the picture. So it

is normal that in a few cases the teapot may be very slightly different from that

on the picture, however, the quality is always the same.)


250ml (8.5oz)


6.7” W x 3” H (17cm x 7.5cm)


Great for brewing Oolong TeaPu-erh TeaBlack Tea


Zhou Faqing, a certificated national grade craftsman

Angel's Comment:

Distinguished from traditional Yixing Zisha teapot, the unique and novel design of Tangyu Yixing Zisha Teapot will definitely impress you when brewing teas with it.

This pot differs from the ordinary design standard of purple clay teapots in which the spout, knob, and handle all follow one line; this handmade Tangyu teapot is more similar to the Yushang type of teapot, used for brewing tea in ancient times, in that the handle and spout form a 90-degree angle. Additionally, the spout, handle, and lid knob are all made of Jiaoni, which requires exceptional skill from the craftsman to properly accomplish. The finished pot is fine and exquisite with a charming wood-grain texture, further distinguishing the pot; placed on the table, this pot will bring the essence of ancient Chinese atmosphere to your home.

Handmand Tangyu Dimensions

Craft: Jiaoni (绞泥 jiǎo ní)

Jiaoni is a special type of craft utilized in teapot-making wherein several different types of clay are divided into pieces, stacked together, cross-cutted, and then patted into one whole piece adopting the variety of colors and textures from the individual parts, generating a wholly unique color and type of clay at the end. Natural patterns and textures can be formed from this, such as wood-grain, ripples of water, or even a butterfly-like pattern, each requiring great skill in craftsmanship. Because of this, these patterns greatly increase the artistic and ornamental value of the teapot.

The Maker - Zhou Faqing

Zhou Faqing was born in Yixing City, the home of the Zisha teapot, in 1965. He works closely with the academics of the Chinese Artists Association and the Jiangsu Folk Collection Research Association, and has been a Zisha craftsman since 1985. By 1992 he was recognized as a Craft Artist with a specialty in stylistic design: his products exhibit characteristics of ancient simplicity and rich dignity, firmly establishing him among modern antique artists. Zhou has a unique expertise on the style and design of Zisha teapots, seeking inspiration from the broad, profound history of Chinese culture, thus imbuing his pieces with a greater sense of history.

Material - Tiexing clay (铁星泥 tǐe xīng ní)

Optimally selected from Zisha clay mined from the Huanglong Mountains, Tiexing clay is a rich eggplant color, and has long been regarded as a superior material for teapot-making. Pieces made from this clay have a distinctive double-pore surface with many tiny molten globules across it, establishing its fine viscosity; these microscopic holes allow the tea to breathe, bringing out the fragrance, color, and taste of the original leaves. Because of these properties, Tiexing is generally suitable for brewing oolong and pu-erh teas.


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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