年年有余 – a Chinese saying, nian nian you yu ( meaning every year there are fishes leftover), which is a homophone for being blessed every year
Origion: Dingshu, Yixing Town
Material: beige purple-clay (Duanni Zisha 段泥 – Mix of Green and Purple Raw ores)
Color: dark beige
Size: 6cm*5cm*5cm (60ml)
Firing temperature: up to 1150℃～1200℃
Contraction ratio: 12-13%
Time: autumn-winter 2017 (Dingyou year丁酉年, 34th year of the Sexagenary Cycle)
Artisan and Engraver: Jun Meng 孟军
Direction: Zisha 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.
Engraving means carving words or pictures on wood or stone with a knife, as is the case with the engraved Zisha pottery, that is, carving words and pictures on the walls of Zisha pottery. Engraving is a very common decoration technique and the main form of the decoration of Zisha teapots, by leaving poems and songs, flowers, birds, insects and fish, and landscape and figures on teapots, the art of literature, calligraphy, painting and seal cutting has been added to the teapots.
Purple-clay Zisha 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.