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] Shi Piao Teapot (石瓢壶)
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. Thanks for your understanding!