Name: Shui Ping Teapot
Volume: 95 ml
Material: Factory 2 Nei Zi Wai Hong. High-fired.
Seal: Zhong Guo Yixing
Filter: 7 holes
This is a Factory 2 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.
I love this type of clay from Factory 1 but I haven’t much experience with this clay from Factory 2 since is the first time I encounter such clay from Factory 2.
This is a great opportunity for those who want to experience this clay but with a lower price when compared to Nei Zi Wai Hong from Factory 1.
The craftsmanship is decent, the lid is a bit loose, the pouring speed is 10 seconds with slight dripping. Some natural kiln crack on the inside of lid (outer surface of the clay doesn’t go through like the kind of crack cause by some bump).
The teapot was used and cleaned but still has some tea stains under the lid and also some patina. Looks to me that this teapot will develop even more patina with use.
I have tried this teapot with medium roasted Tie Guan Yin with good results.
However, I advise you to experiment with different teas and find the best match according to your taste.
When buying Factory 2 pots 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 (outer) surface of the clay, 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. You may also find, inside and outside of the pot, some mica chips that look tiny, shiny 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.