Perfect shape, simple design, the branching on the lid suggests the immenent arrival of spring and a new tea harvest. These gorgeous Yixing tea jars are made for us from this famous clay in one of the kilns of Yixing city. The clay is smooth to the touch and is lovely in color ( it is made from a darker clay than our other Yixing tea storage jar). The jar has been burnished to a soft luster. One side is plain and one side features the words of a hermit poet ( or so we are told!).
The inscription reads something like this: ‘Who creates the blue sky and clear water? When good tea is prepared, no need to invite friends, they will come by themselves.’
The diameter of the jar opening is generous enough to get one’s hand in there to fill or refill the container. And, this tea jar, unlike most we see, will hold the longest leaf tea that you may wish to store in it. Many Chinese tea storage jars are small and the idea is that tea drinkers have a collection of them for individual teas. Rather than take that approach, we asked for this jar to be made larger than usual as we wanted it to be able to comfortably hold whatever tea the owner wanted to put in it.