Si Ting Da Hong Pao Yixing Clay Pot
A delicately shaped Si Ting Da Hong Pao yixing clay pot with a long, curved spout. Made from high quality deep red Da Hong Pao yixing clay.
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The simple, elegant design of this Si Ting Da Hong Pao yixing clay pot lets the quality craftsmanship and fine luster of the deep red clay take center stage. This pot’s small size, long curving spout, and thin handle make for a very delicate tea pot. The tall lid can accommodate teas such as Dan Cong wulongs which have large, long leaves.
The tall, curved design of this tea pot recalls the shape of a Chinese pagoda. This style of pot was named Si Ting after this resemblance. Pagodas are often built in beautiful natural settings where people can relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding river or park. The symbol of the pagoda is also associated with spending time there drinking tea and missing absent family and friends. This small tea pot is perfect for enjoying tea for yourself while keeping your loved ones in mind.
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.