Qian Yun Zhu is an awarded National Arts and Crafts artist. She focuses on tradition, classic shapes, and practicality and only makes pure handmade teapots. The clay is made of different kinds of purple sand clay that were specially made by her father. She has won awards in many competitions and exhibitions and is also favored by collectors and connoisseurs.
The degree of thickness for this clay is 50mm with a shrinkage ratio of 40%, which makes it difficult to masterfully shape the clay during production. After firing, the texture of the clay is dense, firm, yet delicate, while the color changes after bathing with hot water, showing a reddish-purple color. The color is bright red with a mysterious wet luster. When firing, it is easy to wrinkle, crack, collapse, deform, and the kiln temperature control is exact, often resulting in a 30% loss. The ringing sound of the clay is an outstanding achievement.
There should be a balance between beauty and function after quality. There is an artistic and functional standard for evaluating Yixing teapots, and it should refine tea making by appearance alone. As we are tea-lovers, our propensity is for shapes and styles that aid in making tea well. These classic, simple shapes are a perfect canvas to create a deep luster and patina over time.
Qian Yun Zhu
Yuan Kuang Da Hong Pao 原矿大红袍
Xu Bian 虚扁 "Flat"
Made in Yixing, China
Decorative, padded box with artist's certification and attestation. Please note the liquid and capacity below before purchasing. Items are smaller than they appear.
Preparation For Use:
We recommend rinsing the teapot under purified or bottled (same as for making tea) warm water twice, then filling it with boiling water and emptying it two to three times. After this preparation, the teapot is ready for use.