So what is Duan Ni? In written Chinese, there are two letters for it. The first character is "緞", which means silk. It has a very similar pronunciation with "團" (Tuan) at Yi Xing, so this name probably came from literai at the time who thought "silk" would sound more elegant.
The second character is "團", which means "mass". This name basically describes the geological character of it, indicating it is a "mass of different ores." These different ores could be "Zi Ni" and "Green Mud," or "Zhu Ni" and "Green Mud" (which very rarely happen). You might notice already, "Green Mud" plays a very important role in Duan Ni. The composition of Duan Ni must have Green Mud in it, and must contain more than the other ores such as Zi Sha or Zhu Ni to classified as "Duan Ni". Duan Ni is a type of sedimentary rock that's a combination of Argillaceous Siltstone and Silty Mudstone. This gives Duan Ni an almost a clay-like texture on the surface when contact with skin, unlike Zi Sha's rocky/hard feeling, but still relatively more robust when compared to Zhu Ni.
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Mining area: western Fudong township of Yixing city
Kiln temperature: approx. 1080-1120C.
Appropriate for brewing: Roasted Oolongs, Raw Pu-erh, Fu Zhuan, Tian Jian, Liu Bao or Ripe Pu-erh Tea
[Product Name] Mei Ren Jian Teapot 美人肩壶
Handmade and kiln roasted at the perfect temperature. It has a fine gloss and a delightful delicate red color. Breathes well and is easy to cultivate through brewing tea. It will only increase in beauty as it ages. This teapot has a dignified and traditional shape. Its handle and spout are well-proportioned. This is a product of exquisite craft – simple and refined. It has a tight-fitting lid and a smooth flow of liquid. Practical and useful, this is a product of the highest value.
[Artist's Name and Background]
Tan Jun is a third generation Yixing Teapot Artist. His grandfather moved to Yixing in 1951 and worked in Factory Number One, the state-owned teapot factory which produced a variety of classic teapots over several decades. Tan Jun's mother (Wang Hong) and father (Tan Lian Yi) are both renowned artists and also started the the Tan Family Clay Works (where this teapot was produced). Tan Jun continues the family tradition with his concise craftsmanship and his unique interpretations of classic forms.
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. Gift box style and color may differ somewhat from that shown in the pictures. Thanks for your understanding!