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Shipiao, Qing Huini

Shipiao, Qing Huini

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Partial Hand-made・Qing Huini (gray clay)・270ml

Shipiao teapots have a history that traces back 500 years to the Ming Dynasty. The form has changed little in the intervening years, staying true to its iconic, pyramid shape. The form has long served as the standard for evaluating craftsmanship and ability of aspiring ceramicists, and as an instrument to evaluate and judge a tea’s quality.

Our latest collaboration with Chinese artist, Huang Ya Ping, is a variation on this tradition. Together, we designed a pot that is slightly elongated, creating a clean silhouette with a modern aesthetic. The result is a pot that is friendly, easy to use, and cute as a button.

These teapots are formed from one of four porous zisha clay bodies. This Qing Huini Shipiao uses are unique form of fortified clay that expresses purple gray when fired. The clay is sourced from a Dingshan-based zisha production facility that Song has an eight year relationship with.

Unlike most pottery that is thrown and trimmed on a potters wheel, zisha pots are formed using wooden paddles and small rolling pins. Ya Ping began these pots by pressing the clay into molds to create the initial shape before finishing the handle, spout and lid by hand. Zisha has a long husbandry with tea preparation. Used with just one tea type, each pot is seasoned over time and use, absorbing the oils from the steeping tea and creating a unique terroir.

At approximately 270ml, these teapots are perfectly balanced, with a sweet and gentle grace. The wall thickness is proportional to the size and capacity of the pot, and fourteen outlets paired with a perfectly shaped spout evacuates water quickly and evenly. On the bottom, three little feet elevate the pot’s profile. These too, were of our design, and remind us of the little toe beans on our kittens, Pegasus and Moss.

Usage and care: Thoroughly rinse any 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, 80mm diameter, 270ml capacityArtist: 黃亞萍


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