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Yixing Teapots: new arrivals

1 September 2010

at 20:15 by François Alexis Roy

A selection of Yixing teapots, 2010 new arrivals at the Maison de thé Camellia Sinensis. Image 1spacer

We have just received a new shipment of Yixing teapots (宜兴紫砂壶).
These teapots are made from the famous ‘memory clay’ of Yixing( 宜興 ), a city of Jiangsu Province in China (the unglazed clay absorbs flavour from the tea!). This is a good time to visit our shop in the Latin Quarter in search of a teapot!
– you’ll also find a selection of these teapots in our stores in Quebec and Jean-Talon Market.

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A selection of Yixing teapots, 2010  new arrivals at the Maison de thé Camellia Sinensis. Image 2
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Something for everyone’s taste and budget.
The imaginative craftsmen of china have created many extraordinary teapots of varying forms and decoration.
Nicholas, who is in charge of teapots and accesories, has carefully selected – for you – teapots with styles ranging from sleek to extravagant!

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Yixing Teapot with fish motif: inside the teapot
Yixing Teapot with fish motif: the feet of the teapot
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These unique pieces, made entirely by hand, are the result of thousands of acts performed with dexterity and precision in a near-frenzy of tool changes and repositioning of the object worked.

It is fascinating to see the exceptional properties of Yixing clay. Its regularity, the richness of its texture, the variety of its pigmentation, its sparkling sound once fired, are just some of the characteristics that give us the feeling of a living object, with which one wants to serve tea. To the touch, the teapots feel like a fresh egg just unearthed from the henhouse.

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High relief, pumkin shaped, Yixing teapot
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And how is the clay to work ? Wet, it is as easy to handle as playdough. Also, look at the high relief – or pelletizing – in this pumpkin-shaped teapot, it is precisely this plasticity of the clay that makes those endless forms – flowers, animals – all sorts of characters, even dragons breathing fire!

After having had the chance to see a Chinese potter create a teapot from A to Z, it is not possible to see, or feel, them in quite the same way.

Happy tea drinking!
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Yixing Teapot, close up view of the fish motif
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