Dragon And Phoenix Carved Da Hong Pao Yixing Clay Pot

260 mL

A dragon and phoenix carved Da Hong Pao yixing clay pot in the classic xi shi style. Made from high quality deep red Da Hong Pao yixing clay.


1 in stock

This stunning dragon and phoenix carved Da Hong Pao yixing clay pot has a delicately etched pattern that preserves its simple lines and smooth shape. The body and lid are covered with fine tracery detailing a Chinese dragon and phoenix soaring among the clouds. The carving takes nothing away from the classic xi shi (beautiful lady) tea pot design. It has all the classic xi shi style features, including the rounded shape, very short spout, and upside-down handle. The carved lines of this tea pot will acquire greater definition as tea stains accumulate in the grooves. Using this pot for a dark tea like wulong, shu puer, or black tea will enhance this effect. Furthermore, it is sculpted from the deepest red Da Hong Pao yixing clay and polished to a high shine.

This elegant pot is a good size for two people sharing tea. It would make a beautiful tea set paired with two of our matching Da Hong Pao yixing clay cups.

About Da Hong Pao Clay

This tea pot is crafted from a specific subtype of yixing clay known as Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) 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. Da Hong Pao clay stands out from other varieties for the depth of color it acquires after firing, a rich red bordering on purple. This clay is named for that striking dark red color, which matches the deep red infusion of the famous dark-roasted rock wulong tea also known as Da Hong Pao.

Da Hong Pao clay has naturally higher levels of iron than any other type of yixing clay. Due to the very high iron content, it can shrink an incredible 30% during firing. This shrinkage makes yixing clay very difficult to work with and requires great sculpting skill. It is also very prone to cracking or breaking in the kiln, which is fired at the high temperature of 1080°C. Once fired, Da Hong Pao clay has a very high crystallinity and makes a high, clear sound like a ringing bell when tapped. Da Hong Pao clay is also valued for the way it easily acquires an antique-looking patina when seasoned with tea.

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.