Handmade Yixing Purple Clay (Zisha) Teapot - Xu Bian

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A purple clay teapot is a type of handmade pottery that originates from Yixing, a city in China. Purple clay is a rare and natural material that has a unique color and texture. Purple clay teapots are prized for their ability to enhance the flavor and aroma of tea, as well as their aesthetic appeal.  The unique properties of Zisha teapots make them very suitable for brewing Pu-erh tea. 

First of all, Zisha teapots have a delicate texture and strong water absorption, which means that the tea aroma in the pot can be absorbed by the pot wall. After a long time of use, the pot body will absorb and retain the aroma of the tea, making the brewed tea more mellow and delicious.

Secondly, the excellent heat preservation performance of Zisha teapots can ensure that the temperature of the tea remains constant during the brewing process. This is very important for brewing Pu-erh tea, as maintaining an appropriate temperature can better extract the flavor and aroma of the tea.

This "Xu Bian" (虚扁) purple clay teapot, is a highly-revered traditional teapot shape, cherished by enthusiasts of tea culture. Over the years, numerous skilled teapot craftsmen have emulated and produced exceptional works based on the "Xu Bian" design during different historical eras. The name "Xu Bian" originates from the Yixing dialect, and it is also referred to as "Shu Bian" or "Shui Bian," with equivalent pronunciation. The distinctive features of the Xu Bian purple clay teapots are as follows:

  1. Crafting a Xu Bian purple clay teapot by hand is a highly intricate process that demands exceptional skill and experience. The teapot's unique shape requires a delicate balance of force to flatten the body without compromising its structural integrity. Only a master craftsman can accomplish this feat, making the creation of a Xu Bian purple clay teapot a true testament to their expertise.

  2. The Xu Bian purple clay teapot boasts a compact and low-profile design that aligns with the aesthetic ideology of "better low than high" for purple clay teapots. Its lower structure aids in preventing tea from being over-steeped at high water levels while providing a secure and stable placement that minimizes the possibility of tipping over.

  3. The Xu Bian purple clay teapot is an exquisite blend of functionality and aesthetics, making it a valuable addition to any collection. With its distinctive shape and exceptional craftsmanship, this teapot has captured the attention of tea artists and collectors alike, serving as a prized example of traditional Chinese artistry.

  4. The Xu Bian purple clay teapot is a versatile option that can accommodate a diverse array of tea varieties, including black, green, oolong, and Pu'er. Thanks to its exceptional heat retention and breathability, this teapot can enhance the aroma and flavor of your tea, resulting in a more delectable experience.

The Xu Bian purple clay teapot is an indispensable component of Chinese tea culture, reflecting the essence and artistic pursuit of tea. Its exceptional design, intricate workmanship, and functional benefits make it stand out among its peers. 

Capacity: 100ml

Teapot Maker: Xiang Zhou (周翔)

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