Jianshui Zitao Clay Teapot Xishi Style - Matte Black

$ 100.00

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This is a true tea lovers teapot. This belongs to a special, limited edition, collection we commissioned in Jianshui this year to our exact specifications. Jianshui teapots are amazing to brew with, but they can often be pricy because of the extra time and work put into their inlaid clay designs and polishing them to a high shine. The extra work takes many hours and adds to the cost. We believe the quality of the clay speaks for itself and had these custom teapots made to exhibit Jianshui clay at an affordable price. These are simple, efficient teapots made to be tea brewing workhorses. They are smaller in size and feature sleek matte textures or light polishing. The matte ones, like Yixing teapots, will create their own unique patina over time with use. 

These are each handmade by 4 artists who work together. They are single fired and unglazed. This is a true clay which lacks any sand. The natural minerals in the clay will enhance the flavor of your tea. Jianshui is in Yunnan, and the clay used in these teapots comes from the same mountains that grow puerh tea trees. We appreciate that connection. We blogged about our visit there last year.

Since these are handmade products each are unique. There are slight variations to each. These ship with a wooden storage box and a silk bag. Each teapot was hand tested by us before sale. The lids fit tightly. The seal well. They pour fast and easy. They are ready to go!

This teapot is matte black and is in a 'xishi' style. We have 8 of these to sell. They are in a few different sizes depending on your needs. They hold either 140, or 130, or 120ml of water. Volume measurements are rounded to the nearest tenth number. Each may hold a few ml more or less. They approximately 7cm tall by 10cm wide from handle to tip of spout. 

Side by side comparison of the matte and polished black exteriors.

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