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Full Hand-made・Hong pi long clay (紅皮龍)・200ml

This is the latest commission from Pan Yi, a young artist whose zisha pots we have featured since 2013. We admire her work for its balance of grace and precision. They are an echo of Song’s own sensibilities and aesthetics. This Heart Pot is one of several pieces we commissioned in Spring 2019.

This pot was hand-built using a clay called hong pi long, or “red dragon”. The clay is original ore from Huang Long Shan, quarried before a government moratorium closed the mine. It is flecked with light colored granules that add texture to the finished piece. Though technically a variant of zi ni (purple clay), hong pi long appears vermillion red in color after firing, leading many to incorrectly assume that it is either zhu ni (vermillion clay) or hong ni (red clay).

This taller profile teapot has a classic silhouette, with a clean simple spout matched with an elegantly curved handle. The artist’s signature is carved into the underside of the teapot. Six outlets arranged in a hexagonal pattern allow for quick drainage.

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: 90mm tall, 70mm diameter, 200ml capacity・Pot Name: 心蓮壺・Artist: 潘荑

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