About Yixing Teapot – Good Harvest:
The Good Harvest teapot takes the shape of a flour mill. As a symbol of prosperity, it features Chinese characters on the side, which refer to the harvest. This is a fun teapot for children and adults alike as the ‘mill’ can be turned by hand.
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. 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 teapot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.).