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White Rock Teapot

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Welcome to our fantastic White Rock Teapot. An original and unique Yixing teapot made by our close friend and amazingly talented potter, Fu Zhen Yuan.

This is such an attractive and unique teapot design. The white clay is a rarity in the Yixing clay teapot world. A fresh and youthful outlook on a traditional vessel.

The White Rock Teapot is made from what is considered the best clay in China for tea, Yixing clay. The teapot has a wonderful egg shell white hue, and its unglazed finished gives it a natural feel. The clay is a mixture of Zisha Ni (clay) and Kaolin clay. Kaolin clay is the base material used in the manufacture of porcelain. 

This teapot is half handmade by Fu using simple and traditional methods. Small details indicate his talent, such as the top of the spout, handle and body all perfectly align. The tea pours out consistently, and theres a small hole at the top of the lid which allows you to control the flow of the tea. If you put your finger over this hole, then the tea flow is arrested. Release your finger and the tea continues to pour.

  • Volume: ≈140ml
  • Weight: 125g
  • Size: 6cm (h) x 12cm (w)
  • Clay: Zisha Ni and Kaolin
  • Filter: Metal insert

Teapot Care:

Before first use we highly recommend rinsing the teapot thoroughly or seasoning it in boiling water for 10-15minutes. Yixing teapots are very porous so after each use, rinse and clean with cold water only. Do not use any soap or coarse sponges, as these can spoil or tarnish the clay. Then dry thoroughly with a clean cloth. Make sure your teapot is fully air dry, inside and out, before storing away in a box or a cabinet.

Yixing clay pots are prized for improving the texture and flavour of some types of tea. Often making the tea taste smoother, rounder and more mellow. As Yixing clay is porous, oils from the tea leaves will naturally coat and soak into the clay over time, which can improve the flavour of your tea. Therefore you can choose to dedicate your teapot to a single type of tea. We like to use Yixing clay for darker teas, like roasted or aged oolongs, ripe puerh, raw puerh and black tea.

Note: These teapots are handmade so small variations in capacity and experience may occur. We check each teapot before shipping.

Meet Fu Zhen Yuan

“When I first met Sasha from Black Cloud at my studio in Yixing, we weren’t talking about tea; it was music and we both found that we shared a love for abstract aesthetics. I liked his music, he liked my work."

I first met Fu in Yixing 2019. Not that long ago, but it already feels like a very different world. I was traveling around China, hanging out with old friends and making new ones. I was introduced to Fu by a mutual friend, and we got on straight away. What i enjoyed was his youthful energy and desire to try and find new ways to be creative in a very traditional field. Making Yixing teapots is dominated by "Masters" usually an older generation of teaware makers who are highly skilled at their lifelong pursuit. What appealed to me to work with Fu was he wanted to be a new generation of ceramists who focused on combining traditions with modern aesthetics. On top of this Fu was great company, fun and full of interest in all the creative arts.