Gong Chun Yixing Teapot

This remarkable Yixing design is a classical nod to one of the early masters of the ore. In stark contrast to the common geometrical forms, 'nature pots' imitate organic or constructed objects, and it was in this spirit that Gong Chun, a 16th-century scholar's servant and later a Buddhist monk, conceived a teapot in imitation of a burl on a tree. It was so beloved that generations of potters have crafted their own versions, and here, artist Wangjie has imprinted brownish lao duanni clay with the signature knurled texture, given the handle its characteristic fork at the base, and shaped the knob to resemble a flower-like growth with the airhole cleverly concealed in its side. Despite the rough appearance, the small pot is not at all rustic to use, boasting a well-fitting lid and built-in ball filter, while the texture of the handle aids the grip. It is altogether a charming rendition of this historical masterpiece.

The Clay

The aged Lao Duanni (老缎泥) is a yellow ore extracted several years ago at a mine in the Yellow Dragon Mountain (Huanglongshan, 黄龙山). After being hydrated, the clay was stored at the entrance of the mine for more than a decade, improving its plasticity, before being shaped into a teapot and fired. The prefix "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 flavor 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 duanni, 老缎泥 ('old satin mud')
  • SHAPE:  Gong Chun, 供春 (proper name, lit. 'for spring')
  • CAPACITY:  110 ml
  • HEIGHT:  6 cm
  • WIDTH:  6.5 x 9.5 cm
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