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Balance Yixing Teapot

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With its wide spout and flat lid, this pot lives up to its name as a way to quickly and practically deliver delicious tea directly into your teacup (or pitcher, if you’re sharing). The thick, sturdy handle and pragmatic knob speak to an elegant simplicity in design, making it a pleasure both to use and to pair with modern and minimalist teaware.

 

The clay

The Balance 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:  Lì xíng hú, 苙型壶 (flask pot)
  • CAPACITY:  120 ml
  • HEIGHT:  6 cm
  • WIDTH:  7.5 x 11.5 cm

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