This was a half a year collaboration with Kim from Qi Pottery whom had obtained a rare lot of clay from one of his teachers at SammuiKuang Pottery. This clay was formerly used to make water vessels and large water urns/pots for storing water before Singapore had its water piping system done up.
Uniquely, this clay is extremely difficult to make into pots, because it has a shrinkage rate of almost 18-20%! this is higher shrinkage than yixing zhuni (which shinks between 10-17% typically). So what that had appeared to be a smooth clay to spin, will shrink in firing and reveal a rugged, rustic wabi-sabi appearance. This leaves the potter absolutely no-control over how a pot would turn out, so do expect some stones/rock in the side, some dings and pits here and there. In some way, the fire, and the clay decides what it wants to be, not the potter.
This material has a unique property in reducing the fire in roasted oolongs, and raising the mid tones without robbing the high notes.
This is a small limited edition batch between KZ and Qi-pottery, so you will find the a 禅 or zen wording facing the brewer, it was a seal specially carved for this batch, and for the brewer to be reminded of the mindfulness when brewing to bring the best out of the tea experience.
estimated volume 165ml.