LaoTze — Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing 道德经) Chapter Sixteen
The (state of) vacancy should be brought to the utmost degree, and that of stillness guarded with unwearying vigor. All things alike go through their processes of activity, and (then) we see them return (to their original state).
Origin: Dingshu, Yixing Town
Material: purple purple-clay (Zini Zisha 紫泥 – Raw ores)
Color: darker brown-purple
: 12.5cm*10cm*6cm (180ml)
: stone gourd ladle (Shipiao 石瓢)
Firing temperature: up to 1180℃
Time: 2019 己亥 [jǐ hài] 36th year of the Sexagenary Cycle
Design: Wenzhuo Liu 劉文卓
Artisan: Aizhen Ding 丁爱珍
Engraver: Yijun Xie 謝一軍
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.