Three Yixing Clay Colors Da Hong Pao Tall Cup

140 mL

A three yixing clay colors painted Da Hong Pao tall cup hand-painted with chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, and orchids in yellow, red, and purple clay.


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This three yixing clay colors Da Hong Pao tall cup exhibits all three main natural colors of yixing clay. On a base of dark red Da Hong Pao clay polished to a fine shine, a vase of hand-painted flowers blooms in yellow, red, and purple clay paint.

In the center spreads a purple-brown branch of plum blossoms with yellow centers. Their red petals are painted in a lighter shade of red than the Da Hong Pao background. Blooming in the cold of late winter, plum blossoms are a sign of hope for the coming spring. To the left, three chrysanthemum flowers spread their wide blossoms in yellow accompanied by leaves of green, a color achieved by adding oxidized metal to the clay. Chrysanthemums are frequently a symbol of integrity and having an honest heart. Lastly, two yellow-painted orchids with long green leaves bloom to the right. Because of their simple appearance, orchids signify humility, yet their rich fragrance hints at their deep character.

This is an excellent special cup for a single person. It is large enough to hold all of the tea from one infusion in a small yixing pot.

About Da Hong Pao Clay

This cup 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.