Origin: Dingshu, Yixing Town
Material: Raw ores purple-clay (Qinghuini Zisha)
Color: light beige
Size: 13.5cm*12.5cm* Opening 10.5cm
Firing temperature: up to 1180℃
Contraction ratio: 11%
Time: 2021 winter
Artisan: Mudan Zhan 占牡丹
Direction: Purple clay teapots retain flavor well; one should dedicate each teapot to a specific type of tea (black, oolong or dark tea) so that the flavor doesn’t become corrupted. Never wash clay pots with Soap.
Purple-clay 紫砂 [zǐ shā] is famous of high in iron and silicon contents, featuring high plasticity, the glossier surface the more useages of brewing tea. Tea sets made from purple-clay is not normally glazed. A finished product is primarily purple, thus it is named. This pottery can be divided into different colors, such as purple-brown “purple clay” which is in amaranth or light purple; gray-yellow “green clay” in gray or gray-blue; vermeil “red clay” in red-brown. Purple-clay tea set has a long history in China. Su Shi, the great scholar of the Song Dynasty, had designed a pot with handle, called “Dongpo Pot with Loop Handle”. In the Ming Dynasty, making loose tea in a small pot was popular, which led to the development of purple-clay pots.
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