Black Dragon Shipiao Teapot, Flat Lid, Wuhui Heini Clay 180ml

Black Dragon Shipiao Teapot, Flat Lid, Wuhui Heini Clay 180ml


A traditional style Shi Piao teapot with a modern twist: an elegant flat lid which offers an extra large opening for convenience in use. It’s made from iron-oxide rich Zhuni clay, resulting in a beautiful dark surface after oven-firing. A theme of dragons and clouds is manually carved over the whole teapot.

This Shi Piao teapot is fully handmade by certified Yixing artist Shen Fang, who has more than 30 years of experience in crafting Yixing teapots. The artist's certificate of authenticity is included.

  • 9 hole filter in spout
  • Small size: 180ml
  • Packed in strong gift box.
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What is Heini, Wuhui?

Heini clay teapots are rare because you need to acquire Yixing clay that is rich in iron-oxide content. This substance allows the teapot to obtain its dark colour after oven firing. Moreover, Heini clay is extremely hard to bake. When the kiln temperature is too low, the colour will not turn black. While when the temperature is too high, the teapot will shrink too much and break. Because every batch of clay has a different composition, the artist will first perform several tests firing a small amount of teapots, before he/she decides to baking many teapots at once. Teapots made in such a way is also called Wuhui Heini teapots.

Our Heini teapot is baked in a traditional wood-fired kiln.

oven firing heini teapot

There are also Heini teapots on the market that don’t use natural clay with high iron-oxide content, but ads artificial colouring to obtain the black colour. Our dragon teapot absolutely doesn't belong to that category.

Dragon Teapot Symbolism

This teapot depicts a dragon theme. In China, Dragons are often associated with nobility, honour, power, pioneering spirit and ambition. Thus, there’s often a superstitious believe that owning items with dragons depicted on it, can improve one’s luck and future success.

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Clay type Wuhui Heini clay
Content 180ml (6oz)
Measures 12.8x6cm (5x2.36in)
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