Name: Shui Ping Teapot
Year: 1977-1986 (green Label period)
Volume: 133 ml
Material: High-quality Nei Zi Wai Hong. High-fired.
Seal: Zhong Guo Yi Xing
Filter: Single hole
This is a Factory 1 teapot that uses Nei Zi Wai Hong clay. This means the teapot uses Purple clay but is coated on the outside with Red clay. In those days the Red clay was more valuable and more expensive, so this was a way to lower costs.
The craftsmanship is a bit rough but decent, the lid is a bit loose and the pouring speed is 12 seconds with slight dripping.
This teapot is brand-new, so before using it I advise you to rinse it with boiling water. Then rinse it with room temperature water and smell inside of the teapot to check if there is some clay smell. Repeat the procedure until the clay smell goes away.
Then you can start making tea but It might take 1-2 weeks, if you use it daily, until it makes decent tea.
You could also follow the more complicated method of boiling the teapot, but it takes more time and the teapot might get broken or cracked during the procedure.
I have a few teapots of this type of clay from Factory 1. This clay is quite absorbent. It goes well with many kinds of roasted Oolongs, Shu Puer, Liu Bao, old sheng Puer and wet storage Sheng Puer. I have also used it with young Sheng Puer and it mutes some of the higher-notes of the tea.
However, I advise you to experiment with different teas and find the best match according to your taste.
NOTE:There are some natural kiln cracks around the mouth of the teapot, base of the spout and handle. Some tooling mark in the lid rim and mouth of the teapot.Some burn part from the firing in the pot’s body.
The price of the teapot is lower than usual because of these details. That said, the teapot has no chips or damage whatsoever. In case you want a teapot with better craftsmanship. I recommend choosing some of our Jing Dian Tao Fang teapots or one of the 3 Zhuni teapots we have in stock.
When buying a Factory One pot please be aware that: Generally speaking, these Teapots have no perfect craftsmanship compared to many modern teapots.
You can expect some natural kiln cracks on the surface of the clay. However, it is not like a crack that could be caused by the user that penetrates through the other side clay. You also might find a not perfectly aligned spout, knob and handle, tooling marks on the lid and mouth of the teapot, etc. You should also expect other natural signs from the kiln, i.e. black spots, which is iron oxide that melted during the firing. Inside and outside of the teapot you may also find some mica chips that look like metal spots. Silvery in appearance.
Regarding the lid craftsmanship, rarely you can find a perfect lid fit. Usually, the lid is a bit loose with slight dripping.