Huaying 华英 - Yixing Teapot
Each of his teapots has its own personality, which will improve over the years it will spend with you, brew after brew. This special yixing is one of his latest creations, made using Jiangponi 降坡泥 clay.
The teapot shape is named Huaying 观云, meaning "sky and earth". The teapot is entirely decorated by hand: on one side, the artist engraved a floral pattern, while the other side bears an inscription of four Chinese characters: 见素抱朴. The first character, 见 xiàn, refers to the concepts and thoughts that give life to a view; 素 sù means pure and clean; 抱 bào means embrace; and finally 朴 pǔ refers to uncarved logs with good texture, and conveys the meaning of simplicity. According to these four characters, everything is born in nature, and there is no artificial contrivance. This is the way of life advocated by Taoism. The filter is composed of 14 holes, that ensure the best quality brew, and the purest liquor.
The teapot capacity is 200 ml (6.8 oz) and it comes with the artist's signed certificate of authenticity.
The Yixing clay has been known to be the best material for steeping tea for at least one thousand years, and what we use today is the perfected result of a centuries-old artisan tradition.
The central characteristic of a Yixing teapot is its porosity, that frees the tea fragrance and allows a unique seasoning of the pot.
Every time we steep the tea in it, our pot absorbs the tea oils and color, gaining a natural coating that enriches the essential taste of the tea. For this reason it is recommended to steep only one kind of tea in your Yixing pot, rinsing it with pure water, without any soap, and air-drying it.
Before you first use your Yixing pot we advise you to follow an easy and effective procedure, that will ensure the best quality brewing for the years to come:
1- steep few grams of the tea you intend to use with your Yixing teapot in a normal kitchen pot full of water;
2- boil the water for about half of an hour, brewing a very strong tea;
3- remove the tea leaves, leaving a clear brew;
4- wrap your Yixing in a rug or cloth, taking care to wrap its lid in a different piece of cloth. We will boil it in the same pot we have prepared, so we need to ensure the best protection for our Yixing teapot;
5- submerge the Yixing teapot in the strong tea for another half hour;
6- let it cool down naturally, then rinse with fresh water.
For all European countries and America we ship through our distributor located in Italy, while for Asia, Oceania and African countries we use our logistic center located in China.
For European countries there is no custom-clearance procedure; for all the other shipments we accompany the package with all the necessary papers to ensure the fastest process possible.
Within the European Union the shipping time is between 1-5 days, while for Extra-UE shipment the delivery time varies between 5 and 12 days. Orders are shipped on Wednesday and Friday: for special requests, please add a note to your order, we will endeavor to fulfill them.
In Europe and US we ship through TNT Express courier or UPS; For shipments in Italy, you can select a TNT point where to collect your package, while for shipments in the US you can choose a UPS point. In Asia we use EMS.
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