The Yixing Zisha teapot artisan in Jiangsu Province produced the Gong Chun teapot during the Ming Dynasty’s Zhengde and Jiajing years. According to legend, he used to be an official book boy. When he went to Jinsha Temple in Yixing to study with his instructor, he met an old monk who was very good at making Zisha pots, and he began to learn in secret. Later, he gathered the clay that had accumulated on the washing tank’s bottom and fashioned a teapot in the shape of a giant ginkgo tree’s tumor. After being burned, this teapot turned out to be rather adorable, and it immediately became famous, earning it the moniker “Gong Chun.” Under its influence, teapot masters from all dynasties have followed suit, objectively raising the degree of Zisha teapot production competence.
Material – Duan Ni
Duanni, also known as Lao Tuanni, is frequently observed near Huanglong Shan in Yixing, Jiangsu Province. Aside from pottery, duanni is frequently finely crushed for use in mixes; when burned, the clay becomes yellow with small red speckles throughout. This clay is loose with double air-hole structures within, resulting in smoother cross-ventilation than other clays, making it an excellent choice for use in teapots.
The Maker – Yuan Ting
Yuan Ting was born in the Zisha hamlet of Yixing and specializes in the design and manufacture of Zisha teapots in a manner that combines current realities with ancient tradition. As a consequence, her creations are delicate and graceful while remaining basic. She inherits and reinforces tradition while stepping forward with bold innovations in her own uniquely personal style, using only high-quality materials in her works.
Yixing County is renowned as China’s Pottery Capital due to its 6500-year history with the art. The region has an abundance of argil, tea, bamboo, and charcoal resources, each of which offers an essential basic material for the production of pottery. Yixing Zisha products have won numerous awards both in China and abroad, with a few exceptional works being presented as national gifts during international diplomacy.
Because the teapot is entirely handcrafted, there may be handmade traces on the body.
(Please keep in mind that teapots produced entirely by hand cannot be identical to those depicted in the image.) As a result, it is typical for the teapot to change somewhat from the image in a few circumstances; nevertheless, the quality is always the same.)
Material: Duan Ni
Origin: Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China
Maker: Yuan Ting
Capacity: 280ml (For handmade teapots, it is normal for the capacity error to be within 20%)
Dimensions: 4.9” W x 3.3” H (12.5cm x 8.5cm)
Usage: Great for brewing Oolong Tea, Pu-erh Tea, Black Tea