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Partial Hand-made・Zhu ni (vermillion clay)・160ml

This is our special re-commission of the iconic Shuiping teapot. With a history that traces back 500 years to the Ming Dynasty, this teapot’s form has changed very little in the intervening years. During that time, it has served as the standard for evaluating the craftsmanship ability of aspiring ceramicists, and as an instrument to evaluate and judge a tea’s quality.

This year, we again commissioned 20 Shuiping teapots, made from a high quality vermillion zisha clay called “zhu ni”. The clay was sourced directly from a zisha production factory in Dingshan, near Yixing. We then worked with an independent ceramicist to develop the ideal shape and size. From there, the ceramicist created a mold to ensure consistency, and to ease production.

This pot was crafted partially by hand. Using the mold as a starting point, clay was pressed into the mold to create the pot’s body. The spout, lid, and handle were all shaped by hand. The smoothing and finishing of the pot was also done by hand.

At 160ml, this teapot is slightly larger than our original commission in 2018. Yet, this iteration maintains its graceful beauty and perfect balance. The wall thickness is proportional to the size and capacity of the pot. The seven outlets paired with a perfectly shaped spout evacuates water quickly and evenly.

Usage and care: Thoroughly rinse particles of sand from the interior before use. Dedicate one tea type per pot. Eventually, a tea pot will be seasoned with the particular character of a tea. Hand-wash only without soap or detergent.

Dimensions: 75mm tall, 80mm diameter・Pot Name: 水平壺・Artist: 朱關琴

Size guide

More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:

Metric quantities Ounce equivalent  Servings
30 grams (new size!) 1.05 oz. 5-8
60 grams 2.10 oz. 10-15
120 grams 4.20 oz. 20-30
240 grams 8.46 oz. 40-60