Painted Pretty Lady Xi Shi Yixing Clay Teapot
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About the Xi Shi Design
This is one of our large size collectors grade yixing clay pots. This classical style pot, Xi Shi, refers to the shape. The spout is very short, and the handle is thin on the top and thicker on the bottom. The outside is painted in beautiful colored glaze. A large peony flower is with two butterflies on top. This is still hand painted, but glazed. This special design started to become popular in the Qing Dynasty under the emperor Qian Long. He is famous for collecting tea and very colorful arts. He even commissioned a famous French artist to come and work for him. This pot is designed after his favorite teapot, the use of colorful hand paint to cover part of the unglazed yixing clay pot. You tea can still breathe, but gives more character and beauty to the pot. Zhu Ni red yixing clay is used. Inside the spout is a very fine filter so no tea leaves or dust will fall into your tea.
About Yixing Pots
You can use yixing pots to make any of your favorite teas. Just follow the description for each type of tea so you are using the right temperature water. You can choose a specific pot for making a certain type of tea based on the size, shape, quality and thickness of the walls. Never wash your yixing pot with soap, since it will easily absorb a soapy flavor. Instead, just rinse your pot with warm water after use. Though you cannot tell by looking at it, yixing clay is made up of tiny, individual sand combined together which creates a lot of pores. Yixing pots will absorb your tea’s flavor and begin to smell like your tea. If you use the pot very often over a long period of time, you will be able to pour boiling water in and get some of your tea’s character out. We suggest you use 1 pot to make 1 category of tea (puer, black, wulong, white, scented, yellow, green) so you don’t let the heavy quality of one type of tea affect the light and smooth flavor of another.
Painted Pretty Lady Xi Shi Yixing Clay Teapot brewing guidelines
Learn how to brew tea in your yixing clay teapot: