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.

Lightbulb is a versatile teapot that suits any kind of tea; we at Nannuoshan particularly like to steep white tea in it, both fresh and aged. 


The clay

The Lightbulb Yixing teapot is made of the aged Lao Hongni (老红泥) clay, a red ore extracted several years ago at the mine in Laoshan (拦山).

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 Hongni, 老红泥 (lit. Old Red Mud)
  • MINE:  Lanshan, 拦山
  • SHAPE:  Xiao duo qiu, 小掇球 (small stacked balls)
  • CAPACITY:  150 ml
  • HEIGHT:  7.5 cm
  • WIDTH:  7.5x11 cm


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