There are simply too many great Yixing teapots out there to limit our selection to just a few choices. So here are three more new selections that we are very keen on, and believe me, choosing from the hundreds that we saw and handled in China, the decision was not an easy one.
If you wish to read about why Yixing teapots are so important and popular with tea enthusiasts please read my post on Yixing teapots that I published earlier this week.
This trio of teapots features some of the more unusual Yixing clays and are great pots to add to a collection of fine teawares. I love tea ceramics, especially the feel and functionality of unglazed clay wares, so these teapots really speak to me personally. I don’t see many teapots made from clays like these very often in China, and when I do, and if they are irresistible, I almost always buy them when I can.
Qui Duan Teapot
This teapot is a stunning dappled grey/tan color. The clay is smooth with generous, tiny dark brown flecks throughout the clay. Careful shaping and smoothing has given the teapot a flawless appearance and the flecks add a sueded-matte feeling to the finish that makes the pot ‘sing’ handling it. The lid fits over the teapot opening and it makes a nice, high-ringing sound when turned in place.
The artist who made this pot is another female potter: Yuan Mingzhi. She has used a type of clay for this pot that is called Hong Ma Zi Ni or red marked clay. The clay is very breathable and extremely well suited to bring out the aroma of oolongs of all types. The capacity is 8 ounces and the bellyof the pot is broad, which is also good for oolongs. The artist has signed the teapot on the bottom only.
Fang Gu Teapot
This teapot is also by the artist Yuan Mingzhi. The clay is called burnt Duan Ni because the teapot has been fired in an old dragon ( climbing ) kiln. ( We had the chance to visit some kilns of this type in Japan this spring and they are most impressive. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on those kilns and the teawares they produce).
Dragon kilns fire hot and for several days because they are very large and hold many pieces of ceramic. The hot spots in those kilns create wonderful natural effects on the clay pieces inside. This teapot has many, many flecks on the surface of the pot, many more than the Qui Duan Hong Ma clay teapot.
The pot is light and airy in feeling, and the slight roughness of the surface gives it a stone-like feeling when handled. This pot will season well and develop a rich character and patina. The clay breathes very nicely and the pot has a big belly which is a good choice for oolongs or Pu-erh. The capacity is 6 ounces.
The artist has signed the work in three places: on the bottom of the teapot, on the underside of the handle where it is joined to the body of the teapot and inside the lid.
Jun Lun Teapot
This teapot has flecking in the clay but unlike the two previous teapots, the flecking does not add texture to the surface of the pot. The teapot feels smooth and has a lustrous patina, and the color is an unusual and wonderful shade of army brown/green. It has an elegant shape, and beautiful proportions.
From the overhanging lid to the well-defined footring, this teapot is simply stunning. The curvaceous handle is a lovely counterpoint to the straightness of the spout and the geometry of the lid. The lid rings with a high tone when turned in place, a sign of good quality clay. The clay is Qing Hui Ni from Fuding, and is from old clay that has been in storage.
The artist who made this teapot is Zhou Shun Fang and the pot is signed on the bottom and inside the lid.
Each of the three teapots pictured above is $70.00. Until these teapots can be posted on our new Tea Trekker website, please call us to place an order: 1-413-584-5116.