Shuiping is one of the most popular styles of teapot, found throughout Taiwan and Hong Kong. Shuiping translates to "water-balance", referencing the ability of shuiping pots to float on water, perfectly balanced. This was used a test for aspiring students, in order to become a craftsman, they had to create a perfect shuiping which floated without capsizing. These teapots were selected for their superior quality of clay and craftsmanship, not for their ability to float.
This teapot is made with the rare, red colored Zhuni clay, harvested in Yixing. This clay has a bumpy texture and will develop a deep luster after repeated use. The porous nature of Yixing clay allows it to become seasoned, absorbing aromatic compounds and oils from the tea. The unique mineral composition of the clay, and their ionic capabilities, purportedly enhance the flavor profiles of the brew.