Shipiao 石瓢 - Yixing Teapot
High-grade Yixing clay teapot in Qingshui burnt umber clay, fully handcrafted with experience and passion by our trusty Yuan Weixing. Each of his teapots has its own personality, which will improve over the years it will spend with you, brew after brew.
This unique yixing is made of zini purple clay. The filter is composed of 14 holes, that ensure the best quality brew, and the purest liquor. The type of clay and the shape are especially fit to brew loose leaf dark teas.
Shípiáo 石瓢 (literally "stone ladle") is one of the most classic Zisha teapot styles. The soft and smooth texture of the clay gives a sense of lightness, while the three small feet at the bottom give perfect stability. On one side of the teapot, the artist engraved the famous sentence 禅茶一味, "Tea and Zen have the same flavor", while the other side is meticulously filled with hand-written passages from the Heart Sutra, one of the most important texts in Buddhist tradition.
The teapot capacity is 280 ml (9.8 oz), and it comes with the artist's signed certificate.
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.
Eastern Leaves’s Guarantee
We guarantee the product will arrive securely as well as beautifully packed. While very rare, breakage in shipping can happen. In the unlikely event of breakage please contact us and we will replace the defected item with no additional charge. Please email email@example.com to arrange for a replacement or return.
Our Yixing teapots come from the studio of Yuan Weixin and his wife Lian Meiping, grand-daughter of Luyao Chen, one of the rare 国家级大师, the National Level of Master.
From him they have inherited a priceless stock of the best clay, seasoned through the decades.
Their pieces are fully hand-made, carved and baked multiple times in different kilns, according to the clay and the final results.
A close relationship
We visit them every three months to choose the teapots, and to fulfil our eyes with their creation. They are among the warmest people we have ever met, and living in their studio for few days always restore our mind.
They are happy to customise your tea pot choosing your preferred clay, shape, and carving: write us for booking and further information.