This beautiful and well-crafted teapot was made by Yuan Mingzhi of Yixing township. It is crafted from "Qing Shui Ni" type of clay and has a medium-high degree of porosity. This is a fast pouring pot with a flat multi-hole spout intake.
About the Creator: Yuan Mingzhi, Associate Master of Arts and Crafts, was born in 1978 in the famous ceramic production village of Dingshu. She began working with purple clay in 1998, diligently studying under numerous master craftsmen and developing a high level of skill. Her pottery making skill has become highly mature and she excels at fully handmade teapot production. She currently perfects her technique in a university setting, repeatedly producing fine works. Her products are intricately designed and possess an elegant style, winning numerous awards in pottery exhibitions and ceramics competitions. They are highly appreciated by pottery aficionados.
The clay of this teapot is a Qing Shui Ni clay, which is a common clay in Yixing. Qing Shui Ni could be literally translated as "Clear Water Mud" in English. It basically stands for those ore that is not "specially selected or blended," so the color and feeling of this clay is more primitive as well, which represents the classical character of Yixing clay. "Qing Shui Ni" (清水泥). It is a very common material for Yixing teapots, making it a foundational ore, which supports the economy of Yixing production even today.
Kiln temperature: approx. 900 C.
Contraction: approx. 45%-55%.
Volume: 125ml (+/- 10ml)
Appropriate for brewing: fresh Oolong teas (light roasted types) are extremely well-suited, Tie Guan Yin (medium roasted or highly roasted types), various kinds of Pu-erh.
Every pot is hand-made and the artisan will sometimes change the stamps they use. There may also be some slight differences in the color, handle shape, and volume. It's not possible for us to re-take the pictures for each new batch of teapots that we receive from this artisan. Some differences in the color and shininess of the actual teapot you receive as compared to the one in the photographs may also be due to light conditions when the photographs are taken. Thanks for your understanding!