The Yixing teapot is made of clay from near the town of Yixing in the eastern province of Jiangsu, China. The unglazed porous clay, also known as Zisha (紫砂 "purple clay"), has excellent heat retaining properties, making Yixing teapots the best brewing vessels for Chinese black, Oolong and Pu Erh teas. Here we offer a variety of popular shapes and styles that are perfect for use in Gongfu tea ceremonies.
The elegant and much loved Xi Shi (西施) style is named after one of the Four Beauties of Ancient China. The full, rounded shape with short spout is said to resemble her graceful face, while the handle represents her hair tied in a bun.
Long Dan - Dragon Egg
In East Asian culture, dragons symbolise luck, power and prosperity so no wonder the Long Dan (龙蛋), literally Dragon Egg, is one of the most iconic Chinese teapot shapes.
Bian Xi Shi
A flatter version of the classic Xi Shi style, Bian Xi Shi (扁西施) teapots with their wide and shallow form are particularly suitable for long leaf teas.
The refined Xu Bian (虚扁 "hollow flat") style provides plenty of space for large leaf teas to spread out.