Red Peony Da Hong Pao Yixing Clay Pot
A rich, deepest red tea pot made from rare Da Hong Pao clay and hand-painted with all the natural colors of yixing clay in red, yellow, brown, and green.
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The high shine and rich, deepest red color of this pot’s base are due to the rare Da Hong Pao yixing clay used to make it. All the main colors of yixing clay are on display in this detailed hand-painted tea pot. The lighter red of the large peony near the handle, the yellow of the calligraphy and the bird’s plumage, and the brown of the branch it sits on are all the pure color of yixing clay. The green clay is developed by adding the natural pigment of oxidized metal. The simple flat lid sits flush with the body of the pot. An elegant strainer bulb situated behind the spout keeps leaves from flowing out and helps prevent blockages. 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.