About Square Chop Teapot:
This large Zisha pot has a smooth red-brown finish with a wide base and a square chop design.
Located on the western side of Lake Tai in Jiangsu province in China, Yixing (pronounced ‘ee shing’) is renowned as the source for the world-famous teapots made from clay. There are several types of Yixing clays (dark brown, purple, green, and yellow) with unique properties. Yixing clay is also known as Zisha. The final result and appearance of the clay is dependent on age, fermentation, mix, and firing temperature. The same clay fired at different temperatures will have different resulting finishes. High-quality Yixing teapots are handmade by experienced artisans.
The distinctive earthenware pots made from this clay have been used for over a millennia. Though originally used for wine and water, resourceful tea-drinking monks discovered Yixing pots to be ideal vessels for tea brewing. Not only does the semi-porous nature of the clay help to retain heat, but it also absorbs the oils from the leaves, subtly seasoning each teapot with the tea’s flavor and fragrance.
Since regular use seasons this Zisha pot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.).
3.75″ height, 7″ length from spout to handle.
Approx. 18 oz capacity.