Black Shui Ping Yixing Teapot

200 mL

This pure black yixing teapot is made in the classic balanced shui ping style. The inky black color is achieved by adding a blend of oxidized metals as natural pigment, and the precise recipe for this color is a carefully guarded craft secret.

$45.00

2 in stock


This pure black yixing teapot is made in the classic shui ping style, which is level at the tip of the long spout, the mouth of the pot, and the top of the handle. If well made, you can sit a shui ping pot upside down with the lid off and it will touch the surface at all three points. This popular design is great for controlling the pour and the infusion time of your tea. This pot has a built-in strainer bulb behind the spout to filter tea leaves without clogging. Capacity 200mL.

The pure black color of the clay is part of a style known as jing gan sha, whose appearance is intended to resemble the dark color of celestial armor from Chinese myth. The color is darkened by the addition of silicon carbide to the clay, a natural coloration technique used since the beginning of the 20th century. However, the inky black color is achieved by also adding a blend of oxidized metals as natural pigment, and the precise recipe for this color is a carefully guarded craft secret.

About Yixing Clay

Yixing clay comes from Yixing County in Jiangsu Province. This type of clay is prized for its high levels of iron. Many variants of yixing clay with different characters are sourced from different-colored layers in the soil. Natural colors include various shades and gradients of red, yellow, and purple-brown.

Like all of our yixing clay products, this pot is unglazed. The natural clay remains its original color. Yixing clay absorbs aromas easily, so just rinse it off with boiling water instead of washing with soap. Learn how to season a new yixing teapot here.