Handmade Pear-Shaped Short Shui Ping Yixing Zisha Teapot

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Handmade Pear-Shaped Short Shui Ping Yixing Zisha Teapot



Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, China


100% Hand-made, so the body of the teapot may have handmade traces (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.)


Sun Wen


180 ml (6.1oz)


4.7” W x 2.9” H (12.0cm x 7.3cm)


Great for brewing Oolong TeaPu-erh TeaBlack Tea

Angel's Comment:

With classical pear-shaped design, it is well proportioned and exquisite, and from every angle, it can stand our appreciation.

Many people in Chaoshan, China prefer to use Zisha teapots to brew oolong tea. Because of the amount and volume of leaf used, the pot is often placed in a large bowl and showered with boiling water, to help the pot hold in heat and stimulate the tea’s aroma within. In order to ensure the teapot remains balanced in the water, a tea maker specially designed this pot with its spout up and horizontal in level with the body opening and handle; this style of pot is called “Shui Ping”, and is capable of floating on water.

Teapot Dimensions

The pear shape of this pot is another classic category of teapot shape, smooth and rounded throughout. High-quality Zhu Ni is used as the raw material, fired at a high temperature; the pot has a capacity of 180mL with a narrow top and wide bottom, and the transition lines smooth and gentle between. The pearl-shaped button sits upright atop the lid, and the spout is slightly bent; the handle, meanwhile, is smooth and fine. The material’s texture is enhanced over time with repeated use.


Zhu Ni usually appears reddish-brown in color due to its high iron content. It also is highly contractible, making it difficult to shape into a perfect teapot - because of this, manby products have some corrugations and slight deformities. This pot presents a distinctive double-pore surface with tiny corrugations throughout, allowing it to breath and reserve the fragrances of brewed tea. For this reason, it is recommended that only one type of tea is brewed with this pot.

Note: First warm the pot with hot (40-50 C) water before pouring boiling water into it, as Zhu Ni has a high constriction percentage and cannot withstand fast temperature changes.


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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