Purple Shui Ping Yixing Teapot

220 mL

This purple yixing teapot is made in the classic shui ping style. Etched with part of a famous poem by the poet Li Bai from the Tang Dynasty. Next to it are the characters ya qu for “elegant enjoyment.”

$70.00

2 in stock


This 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 particular pot is made from a light shade of zi ni purple yixing clay. The calligraphy on the side shows part of a famous poem by the poet Li Bai from the Tang Dynasty. Next to it, the characters ya qu for “elegant enjoyment” evoke the image of learned scholars writing poetry while enjoying their tea. Like most Chinese teapots, it has a built-in strainer set behind the spout to filter tea leaves. Capacity 220mL.

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.