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"Palace Lantern" Handmade Yixing Teapot (ZiSha: ZhuNi)



Gong Deng is one of the classical Yixing Teapots shapes, and it is also one of the most popular shapes due to its elegancy and practicality. The shape reminds of a lantern, and Gong Deng (宫灯) means "palace lamp". Today, this shape has different variations, and our teapot is of the classical one.

The clay for this Yixing Zisha pot is ZhuNi, Xiao Mei Yao (小煤窯朱泥). Xiao Mei Yao Zhu Ni clay is a high-quality, 100% pure Zhu Ni ore from the famous Yellow Dragon Mountain (Huang Long Shan) – the original source of ZiSha. It was discovered in the 90s and quickly won recognition and high regard. Teas that should retain their aromatic qualities and high notes, like Dan Cong or Taiwanese Oolongs, will benefit from this high in iron clay with low porosity.

The raw clay has good plasticity. Like most Zhuni clays, it is hard to fire due to the high shrinkage rate. Working with this clay requires good craftsmanship. Xiao Mei Yao Zhu Ni is fired at around 1130-1140ºC. The fired clay looks purple-red and is often called "purple zhuni". The surface feels soft and smooth.

The artist, Zheng Fengxiang, was born and raised in Ding Shu town, the center of Yixing pottery. From a very early age, he was fascinated by pottery and influenced by ZiSha culture. Like many ZiSha artists, he is fond of calligraphy and painting, systematically studying traditional arts, theory of design, and craft techniques. Today, master Zheng Fengxiang has over 30 years of experience making Yixing teapots.


    Capacity: 120ml

    • Speed of pour: 13.3 ml/sec (since each teapot is individually crafted, the pouring speed may vary)

    • Filter: ball shape

    Material: Zhu Ni, Xiao Mei Yao Yixing Clay (ZiSha) – 小煤窯朱泥

    • Shape: Gong Deng (Palace Lantern) – 宫灯


    NOTE: This teapot is fully-handmade, and it makes each piece unique and one of a kind. Thus, the teapot you will receive may slightly differ from the one in the photos.

    NOTE: Avoid using detergents when cleaning.

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