Half Moon Da Hong Pao Yixing Clay Pot
A half moon shaped tea pot made from deep red Da Hong Pao yixing clay and hand-painted with a countryside scene and calligraphy done in colored clay.
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The wide, flat base and curved body of this pot’s half-moon shape are a testament to its sculptor’s skill. The high shine and rich, deepest red color of its base are due to the rare Da Hong Pao yixing clay used to make it. The complex countryside scene and calligraphy hand-painted on its sides are all made with clay. The flat lid sits flush with the pot body and the lid handle has a decorative double knob. Capacity 150mL.
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.