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Handmade Zi Ni Shui Ping Yixing Zisha Teapot
Shui Ping teapot is one of the classic shapes of Zisha teapots, and is loved by many Zisha enthusiasts for its exquisite appearance. The spout, mouth and handle of Shui Ping teapot should be on the same plane, which is a very exquisite structure. Therefore, the teapot maker is required to have superb skills and profound knowledge. This Shui Ping Zisha teapot is made by Sun Wen. It is not only exquisite in craftsmanship, harmonious in proportions, but also lifelike in the engraving of the teapot body. It will definitely add fun to your tea time.
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.