The meaning of the phrase ‘Hua kai fu gui’ translates to ‘when flowers bloom, prosperity comes’. This phrase, when written on paintings and cards, is often paired with a depiction of a peony flower, another symbol of wealth and prosperity. Hu Ying Jia has carved a wonderful array of peony buds, blossoms and leaves across the body and lid of this Nixing clay teapot. The raised portions of the design are lightly polished, giving them a smooth texture and soft sheen. In carving out the background, Hu Ying Jia has made all their etch marks vertical. This helps the floral design stand out while also complimenting the shape of the pot.
With a functional capacity of 5.75 oz, this is one of our larger capacity Chinese teapots. Despite the increased size, it is not heavy. It is comfortable to hold and use, with a nicely-sized handle and a handled lid that is easy to grasp.
This teapot comes wrapped in a protective silk-fabric pouch with a drawstring closure, and packaged in a presentation box. The pouch is perfect for storing the pot between uses to ward off scratches and dust. All photos are of the actual pot that is for sale (we only have one, so act quickly!).
Qinzhou Nixing pottery is produced in Qinzhou city in China’s Guangxi province. It, along with Yixing Zisha, Jianshui and Rongchand make up China’s four famous types of pottery. Nixing is made from a mixture of mineral rich clays collected from the east and west banks of the Qinjiang river in Qinzhou. It is a smooth and dense clay, with good elasticity, which allows potters to shape the clay into a variety of shapes. These properties also make it a great clay to carve with detailed designs. Nixing pieces are formed on a potter’s wheel and kiln fired. Finished Nixing pieces can vary in color from bronze to reddish brown and even purple. All color differences are the result of the clay composition, kiln effects and finish polishing/burnishing.
Qinzhou Nixing teapots are well-suited for steeping Pu-erh and other hei cha, black tea, and oolong teas. Since they do not retain heat as long as Yixing pots, they can also be used to steep a few of the more robust green teas as well. A Nixing teapot that is intended for use with green tea or a light oolong should probably not be used for other types of tea, as the retention of flavor from those teas will overpower the green tea’s fresh, light flavor.
Like Yixing teapots, Nixing clay teapots are porous and we recommend that they be cared for in a similar manner. Follow the steps 1-6 only, found in How to ‘Raise’ an Yixing Teapot, for instructions.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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