Fully handmade 130ml pot crafted in Jianshui by master potters adorned with the 'Jumping Knife' pattern.
This is a fast pouring pot with a wonderfully tactile texture and incredible balance. It is the perfect size for solo and up to four people sessions.
The Jumping Knife pattern is a skilled technique producing detailed and textured waves on the surface of the clay which is a pleasure to touch. The smooth rims, knob and handle have been polished down to give a lighter bronze colour to further highlight the design.
This pot perfectly pairs with our Jumping Knife Cup.
ABOUT JIANSHUI ZITAO
All of our Jianhsui teaware is made by the potter in the video below and is handcrafted individually. Read more about the unique Jianshui production process below. Every piece is totally individual and there are natural variations in colour and design.
Jianshui clay is lesser known than its cousins, Yixing purple clay and Chaozhou red clay but Jianshui has a long history of clay teaware making and a unique style and character which we love at Mei Leaf.
The clay used comes from five different ores from the surrounding hills around Jianshui in Yunnan. The five ores (white, yellow, purple, cyan and five colour) are blended and cured to make a clay which is strong and stable with excellent heat retention and tea softening qualities.
Once the clay has been made, it is kneaded and thrown on the potter's wheel to be formed by hand without the use of any moulding. This is completely handmade and a testament to the immense skills of the Jianshui potters.
The clay wares are fired in kilns for up to 20 hours at around 1000 degrees Celsius and are then hand sanded to reveal different colours from black to bronze.