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.
Mining area: western Fudong township of Yixing city
Kiln temperature: approx. 1090 C.
Contraction: approx. 43%-52%.
Appropriate for brewing: Roasted Oolongs, Aged Raw Pu-erh, Fu Zhuan, Tian Jian or Ripe Pu-erh Tea
[Product Name] Gao "Tall" Shi Piao Teapot (高石瓢)
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]
Wang Ting is a graduate of the Yixing Academy of Clay Arts. She was born and raised in Beijing but moved to Yixing to study there at the age of 18. She has studied under Wang Jian Ying and Zhang Xue Lan for more 15 years and has gained the experience needed to make high quality pots in the classic styles. Her style could be summarized by the statement "Elegance in Simplicity".
* Please note that the actual color of clay may be darker (or lighter) than it appears in our pictures. The professional photographer that took these pictures uses very bright lights to illuminate the teapots.
** The artist will often change the arrangement of the stamps on the handle and bottom of the teapot.