This incredible little teapot was hand-built and traditionally fired by master Dangzhen Pichu in Nixi village, the home to one of the oldest pottery traditions in Tibet. This piece is formally situated between a modern gongfu style and the ancient Tibetan yak butter brewing pot form, incorporating Dangzhen Pichu’s research in Yixing with his mastery of the Nixi style, evident from the decorative crested top and gestural carving. he silver sweeping across the form is a rare effect of firing called yaobian that is highly sought after because it can only occur through chance during traditional bonfire firing. The interior of the pot is rough-hewn, leaving intentional indentations to show the role of the artist. This piece will absorb the flavor and aroma of tea over time and build a beautiful patina like Yixing, and has been hand-signed on the bottom by master Dingzhen Pichu.
The ancient aesthetic of this 2000 year tradition is a rustic style with unique elements - from surface crackling and swirls of silvery patina to pitting and rough texture in the coarse clay. These imperfections are intended.This is not Yixing pottery, and is not meant to fit together with the values of the Han Chinese tradition.
Nixi Pottery is a uniquely Tibetan pottery whose gestural composition and deeply apparent connection to nature are prized above all else.
NIXI POTTERY USE AND CARE
Nixi pottery absorbs flavor and builds patina over time, similar to Yixing teapots.
The clay used is a traditional blend from the same sites used for over 2000 years in the mountains of Nixi. Over time, it enhances any tea it touches.
Each piece is fired in a traditional bonfire using sustainably-harvested pine wood from the Nixi mountainside, baking each piece deep black, while also adding a unique forest-like pine aromato the teas brewed. The unique firing technique and clay adds depth, texture and aroma to every brew.
These pieces are especially suited to sheng and shu pu’er, roasted oolongs and any tea where you are looking to have a deeper experience of texture and aftertaste.
Our experience brewing in Nixi pottery has been thrilling and eye-opening. Brewing in Nixi is a new way to experience teas not possible with Yixing, porcelain, or Jian Zhan.
Pre-boil and season just like Yixing,and make sure to never use soap while cleaning. Empty Nixi pottery after each session and rinse with hot water; allow pieces to dry completely between uses.