Gao Jing Da Hong Pao Yixing Clay Pot
A Gao Jing Da Hong Pao yixing clay pot with a lid shaped like the cover of a well. Made from high quality deep red Da Hong Pao yixing clay.
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This handmade Gao Jing Da Hong Pao yixing clay pot is called Gao Jing after the raised, flattened shape of the lid, which resembles the cover of a well rising from the ground. The pot’s simple, unadorned design showcases the fine workmanship and the high quality Da Hong Pao clay. The design on the bottom of the pot is the maker’s stamp.
The symbol of the well calls to mind the Chinese saying “yin shui si yuan.” This saying encapsulates the concept of drinking water from the well inspiring gratitude toward those who put all the work into making the well. This symbolically translates into a larger context of gratitude toward all who have provided for you and brought you to where you are in life.
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.