Jiang Po Ni Clay "Watermelon" Yixing Teapot by Xu Qing Ya
Jiang Po (Duan) Ni means "downhill mud", and unique clay ore which was (accidentally) discovered by the Yixing government in the early 1990s when it opened the "Taodu Road" from Dingshan to Yixing. Taodu Road must be connected to the hillside by Huanglong Mountain and Qinglong Mountain. The road construction began to excavate the slope, and some of the purple sand ore was unintentionally excavated. Later, it was named "downhill mud". The discovery of "downhill mud" was purely accidental, and the stock was particularly rare as only a small amount of mines exist in this small area.
[Clay Characteristics] The original ore contains many minerals such as mud, red mud, purple mud, etc. The clay ore is full of colorful, dark red and yellow star spots. It has high porosity and with good seasoning and long term use it will bring out a good tea's sweetness and aroma, as well as boosting its viscosity.
[Firing Temperature] 1180C
[Contraction Rate] 12%
Appropriate for brewing: fresh Oolong teas (light roasted types) are extremely well-suited, Tie Guan Yin, as well as medium roasted or highly roasted types like Rock Oolongs and Dan Cong. This clay is also suitable various kinds of Pu-erh (ripe and raw).
[Artist Name] Xu Qing Ya
[Product Name] Watermelon Teapot
[Capacity] 145ml (+/- 10ml)
[Description] 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.
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!