Lightbulb Yixing Teapot
The slick shape and smooth texture of this medium-size Yixing teapot reminds us of a lightbulb, enlightening each tea session with a handcrafted touch.
The Chinese, at a time when lightbulbs were yet to be invented, gave it the name Duo Qiu, meaning “stacked balls.” The term refers to the pot’s appearance, which resembles three spheres stacked on top of each other: the knob, the lid, and the main body.
This Lightbulb pot, made of Zhuni clay, renders particularly well highly aromatic tea, like most Oolongs.
This Lightbulb teapot is made of the precious Lao Zhuni (老朱泥) clay, a rare red ore extracted from the now closed mine in Xiaomeiyao (小煤窑), among the most famous site for Yixing ore extraction.
The clay was stored at the entrance of the mine for more than a decade before being shaped into a teapot and fired. The suffix "lao" ("old" in Mandarin) refers to the long storage.
Why do I need a Yixing teapot?
The material and the shape of Yixing teapots are ideal for brewing tea. They bring out the tea flavour like no other tea vessel. Hand-made Yixing teapots are also valuable handicrafts sought after by collectors. Their value raises with time, usage and artist popularity.
Yixing teapots are made of a rare and depleting clay mined in the mountains near Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province. The high density yet porous nature of the clay absorbs the smell of the tea brewed in it. For this reason, it is advised to use the pot with only one kind of tea (for instance with black teas or green teas). Bring your tea to the next level; allow yourself an authentic Yixing teapot.
- MATERIAL: Lao Zhuni, 老朱泥 (lit. Old Vermilion Mud)
- MINE: Xiaomeiyao, 小煤窑
- SHAPE: Xiao duo qiu, 小掇球 (small stacked balls)
- CAPACITY: 150 ml
- HEIGHT: 7.5 cm
- WIDTH: 7.5 x 11 cm