These teapots are handmade by an accomplished potter Mai Zibin, whose crafts are characterised by silver glazing and refined details. Based in Jingdezhen, Mai has devoted his time to breaking the rules of traditional crafting and developed a great trade-off between tradition and contemporary art. Another point to appreciate his work is how seriously he treats the details of potteries like the thickness of teapot or cups, pleasure to hold the teapots etc, which is aimed at improving the user experience. Thanks to the unique and inimitable crafting, Mai has had personal exhibitions in different cities around China so far.
Made of rough clay, the teapot is thrown expertly providing an extremely thin body, lid and handle. It is silvered plainly and speckled with pockmarks of unglazed clay throughout the pot, giving it a textural and visual contrast. Then Mai polishes the pot technically after the process of silvering so as to have an appearance of the black concentric circles across the body of the pot, creating an organic pattern on the appearance without any painting or engraving.
The teapot can hold roughly 120ml liquid. Multi-holes filter strains the tea in the spout which ensures a smooth pour without any drips. As the pot has a small opening in the lid, we recommend trying compressed or curled tea (small tea in appearance ) for easier to get tea in and out.
Please note that as the teapot is not glazed on the inside , we suggest the user of the teapot devote it to a kind of tea for better “nourishing”. Therefore the taste of tea will be improved gradually after long-term brewing the same tea in the teapot. For these reasons, it shall not be washed using detergents, but rather water only.