This 80ml teapot is made for a single person tea session. The style of pot is called a Xishi, named after one of the four famous beauties of Chinese history. While the Xishi shape is pretty common in Yixing, it is a little more rare in Chaozhou. The shape, likewise, differs from common Yixing Xishi teapots, for one it is a little more squat, and while it has a capacity of 80ml, its stout shape gives it the appearance of being much smaller than it is.
This pot was made in the studio of Zhang Yinchao, in Chaozhou, Guangdong China. Zhang has been studying under the Teapot Master Xiehua for many years now, and has taught at the local fine arts college. Read more about Zhang Yinchao and his studio here!
The quality of the clay used in these teapots and with all the teapots from Xiehua and Zhang Yinchao are unparalleled in Chaozhou, as Xiehua set the standard for clay quality back in the 1990s in Chaozhou, becoming one of the first exporters to meet all European import standards for unglazed earthenware. As this clay is more porous, and the teapot design is smaller in volume than standard Yixing unglazed teapots, these Chaozhou teapots do best with high-roast or fragrant forward oolongs as well as strong young raw puer.
As this teapot is unglazed, with use, it will absorb the flavor of the teas brewed in it. While many people suggest only brewing a single type of tea in each teapot, we are a little more relaxed about this rule, believing that any tea will help deepen the seasoning (with the exception of flowered or flavored teas of course!).
We do 100% agree that these teapots should not be washed with soap, but cleaned simply with hot water. Also avoid oils or hand creams when handling these precious pieces.