ZhuNi Shi Piao Teapot – Yixing Teapot 150cc

$160.00

Product Name: Zhuni Shi Piao Zisha Teapot

Material: Zisha-ZhuNi

Origin: Yixing, Jiangsu

Capacity: 150ml

Shape: Shi Piao (石瓢)

Production process: Semi-handmade

Teapot Maker: Zi Ting (10 years teapot making experience)

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Description

Features of this Zhuni Shi Piao Teapot:

Shape: Shi Piao(石瓢)

Shi Piao Teapots are very popular for their exceptional and distinctive characteristics. One of their most defining features is their unique shape. These teapots take on a visually captivating form that narrows at the top and broadens at the bottom, resembling an inverted pyramid. This unique shape not only adds to their aesthetics but also contributes to their overall stability. When using a Shi Piao Teapot, you can appreciate both its striking appearance and steady balance, making it a charming addition to any tea collection.

One notable advantage of Shi Piao Teapots is their lower center of gravity. This design choice ensures that these teapots maintain a steady and balanced position during use. Their well-proportioned structure enhances both their comfort and stability when handling, making them a practical choice for tea enthusiasts.

In terms of functionality, Shi Piao Teapots are equipped with a short yet robust straight spout. This spout design not only complements the teapot’s unique aesthetics but also serves the essential purpose of ensuring a smooth and steady flow of water while pouring.

In essence, Shi Piao Teapots effortlessly combine their unique and elegant appearance with practicality, offering a delightful and visually appealing way to enjoy your favorite teas. Whether you’re a tea enthusiast or a collector, these teapots exemplify both grace and functionality, making them a valuable addition to any tea set.

Material: ZhuNi(朱泥)

What is  ZhuNi Clay?

Zhuni, also known as “cinnabar clay,” is a highly esteemed variety of Yixing clay celebrated for its unique properties. The raw ore appears in shades of golden or light yellow-green and was referred to as “stone-yellow clay” during the Ming Dynasty and “Zhuni clay” in the Qing Dynasty. It is characterized by a relatively high iron oxide content, ranging between 14% to 18%.

The raw ore is deeply buried beneath the Nen Ni ore layer of Zhaozhuang Mountain in Dingshan Town, Yixing, and has an exterior that is coffee-black. When refined, it ranges from 140 to 180 mesh (generally, red clay is 60 mesh), and this refined clay is termed “Zhuni.” When hot water is poured over Zhuni, it reveals its tender, vibrant red color with hints of shifting purple highlights.

Zhuni clay is renowned for its low sand content, delicate nature, and high difficulty in the production process. From its raw state to the finished product, it experiences significant shrinkage, ranging from 30% to 40%, with poor structural support. As a result, the overall yield of finished products is typically only about 70%. Consequently, it is often used for crafting smaller pieces and as a decorative surface layer for other purple clay works. It’s worth noting that many so-called “Zhuni” teapots on the market are actually produced by firing red clay mixed with other materials and lack the distinct grainy texture found in genuine Zhuni clay.

zhuni shi piao teapot

Benefits of Yixing Teapot:

  • Flavor Enhancement: Zisha clay’s porous nature allows the teapot to absorb the flavors and aromas of the tea brewed in it. Over time, this seasoning creates a unique and personalized taste for your teas.
  • Diverse Tea Compatibility: Yixing teapots are versatile and can be used for various tea types, from oolong to black and green teas. The clay complements the characteristics of different teas, allowing tea enthusiasts to explore a wide range of flavors.
  • Heat Retention: Zisha clay retains heat effectively, ensuring that your tea stays at the ideal temperature for extended periods. This makes it suitable for multiple infusions without compromising flavor or aroma.
  • Hygienic Brewing: The porous clay minimizes the risk of bacterial growth, promoting a hygienic tea-brewing environment. Regular rinsing with hot water helps maintain cleanliness without affecting the seasoning.
  • Craftsmanship: Yixing teapots are handcrafted by skilled artisans, making each piece a unique work of art. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary designs results in teapots that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Tea Connoisseurship: Using a Yixing teapot allows tea connoisseurs to appreciate the nuanced flavors and subtleties of different tea varieties. The teapot’s seasoning becomes a record of your tea journey, adding depth to your appreciation of tea.
  • Cultural Significance: Yixing teapots have a rich history in Chinese tea culture and are considered an essential part of traditional tea ceremonies. Using one adds cultural depth and significance to your tea-drinking experience.

 

 

 

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