Genuine Artisan Yixing Zisha Purple Clay Teapot - Classic Shi Piao 石瓢
Capacity: 280ml / 9.2 oz
Completely handcrafted by master Wu, who is a certified artist sanctioned by the Chinese governing authority. Genuine 100% Yixing Zisha Zi Ni. This beautiful tea pot has a classic shape of Shi Piao with a distant mountain landscape on one side and Chinese poetic calligraphy carved on the other, reading from right to the left: “Xi Shan Jing Yuan (溪山静远),” which translates to “mountain creek in the peaceful distance”. The calligraphy and painting are both creations of the respected artist “Ya Shi”, which is stamped, and translates as “Graceful Stone”.
Shi Piao means “stone scoop” in Chinese. It is one of the famed Man Sheng eighteen classic style teapots. It has a smaller mouth and a big wide bottom, with the main body shaped like a pyramid. It has a straight spout, an arched bridge on the lid, and a triangular- shaped handle. The trapezoid body and the inverted triangle handle wonderfully complete the geometric aesthetics of this piece in perfect harmony, and it is yet practical enough for everyday use and simple appreciation. The name of this classic style is accredited to the most famed potter master Gu Jing Zhou, who first named it “Shi Piao”, as an homage to the ancient Chinese poem, “Three thousand weak waters, only one scoop”.
Zisha is known to have the ability to absorb tea liquor and flavor. Over a period of time the surface of the tea pot can reflect the color and aroma of the tea that it brews and become glazed.
A new Zisha teapot should be seasoned before use: soak the Zisha teapot in a clean pot, with the water fully covering the teapot, and boil the water for a half hour to one hour. After boiling has completed, carefully remove the teapot, and rinse.