In Chinese culture, the Moon Rabbit (月亮兔), also known as the Gold Hare (金兔), is a mystical figure, companion of the Moon Goddess. If you look up during the full moon, you'll see him with a mortar, pounding elixir of life for her and medicine for the mortals. Some see him making mooncakes.
The Moon Rabbit crowns this Dragon Egg teapot with hieroglyphs reading auspicious, propitious (吉庆 – Ji Qing). Dragon, in Chinese culture, is also a supremely auspicious figure, signifying wisdom and abundance. Dragon Egg (龙蛋 – Long Dan) is one of the classical Yixing Teapot shapes. This teapot shape was caroled by the famous Qing Dynasty poet Wu Dingmei. Such a shape allows for brewing unrolled tea leaves.
The maker of this fully handmade teapot is Fan Enbo, a young artist. For over a decade, he had been honing his yixing pottery skills, adhering to the long-lived traditions while integrating innovations and ingenuity. Studied under the guidance of highly acclaimed calligraphers, he mastered carving and painting crafts. Fan Enbo's exploration of Traditional Chinese Culture never stops. His skills, knowledge, exquisite taste, and unique vision set this young yixing artist aside from others and add value to his teapots.
Yixing clay, also known as ZiSha, originates in the Yixing region of Jiangsu Province, China. There are many varieties of clay under the general Zi Sha ("purple clay") umbrella term, all of which differ in color, and mineral content and therefore interact with teas differently. Yixing clay is very highly revered and reserved almost exclusively for the production of teaware.
Duan Ni (段泥) translates as "satin clay". The percentage of iron oxide in Duan Ni is always lower than other Yixing clay, anywhere from 2-4%, with a notably high firing temperature of 1117-1200°C. The color of the clay ranges from golden or beige to light yellow or even green.
Duan Ni clay teapots are more porous and absorbent than most Yixing clays. This type of ZiSha is able to retain heat quite well. Such qualities allow the clay to mellow out any harsh notes the tea may have, like the unbalanced smokiness or earthiness of darker teas.
• Capacity: 200ml
• Speed of pour: 13.5 ml/sec (since each teapot is individually crafted, the pouring speed may vary)
• Filter: traditional, 10 holes
• Material: DuanNi (Yixing Clay, ZiSha) – 段泥
• Shape: Long Dan (Dragon Egg) – 龙蛋
NOTE: This teapot is handmade. It makes each piece unique and one of a kind. Thus the teapot that you will receive may slightly differ from the one in the photos.
NOTE: Avoid using detergents when cleaning.
Oh, this teapot is so lovely! I love the texture & feel of the clay, & the visual appeal is very comforting. Path of Cha personnel are so caring & personable! You do get a personal response, & you can clearly determine that they are in love with the items they select for their inventory & for the artists whose work they support. I have found my best tea-loving providers! Thank you!
This pot is a beauty. Mine is slightly darker than pictured, but everything else is the same as the photo. I still need to experiment, but I've already made some amazing cups of tea with it.
When I first saw the photo of this little tea pot ,I believed it was much larger than it really IS.
I ordered this pot as a celebration of myself and rebirth after the death of my Mother. She would have loved this little tea pot as I do. We both love rabbits.
I have used the pot now several time in my morning tea rituals...that being said the workmanship Is so very exquisite and elegant...the little pot delivers the cosmos to me .....in my little kitchen...
Everything about this teapot is absolutely gorgeous! The shape, color and feel are luxurious as well as the wonderful little box it came in. Perfect for brewing my Yan Cha! With the right care this teapot will definitely become and heirloom! I want to thank Misha and the Path of Cha team for such excellent customer service!
I really like the Dragon Egg shape of this teapot, and was searching for one made of Duan Ni clay, especially for my heavy-roasted Oolongs. I cannot overstate the craft quality of this teapot. Bravo to the artist, Fan Enbo.. Truly remarkable. I marveled at the teapot itself for almost an hour before snapping out of it and having my first session. I can say that I have had several sessions now with a few different types of tea and this teapot enhances the flavor and is a joy to brew with. The 200ml is perfect for two people to enjoy a tea together, but you could also accommodate 3, no problem. I also have monster solo sessions with this teapot :) follow me on IG @theteabowl if you want to see it in action. I will be using it a lot! Thanks Path of Cha, you are always a go-to of mine for the best tea experiences!