Nixi Pottery Inlaid Pitcher Brewer
This pitcher and brewing vessel is one of the oldest forms in Nixi pottery, with archaeological excavations unearthing similar pieces from over 2000 years ago. The form was originally designed for heating over a brazier to simmer yak butter tea. Today, many households use the ancient form as part of the more modern tea ceremony, adapted in Tibetan Nixi to simmering shu pu’er with salt. The elegance of the ancient form makes this a perfect pitcher to keep tea hot, while bringing deep minerality and forest-like aroma to the brew and slowly absorbing flavor and texture just like yixing pottery. The inlay work would have originally been done with shells in ancient times, but now, Nixi potters like Dangzhen Pichu are collaborating with masters in Jingdezhen, and the current practice now uses carefully trimmed pieces of porcelain as a tribute to an intersection of traditions. Each hand made pitcher is unique with natural variation in finish and texture.