Refined tastes – Qingqu 清趣
Origion: Dingshu, Yixing Town
Material: bright red purple-clay (Zhuni Zisha 朱泥 – Raw ores)
Color: orange red
Size: 6cm*5.5cm*3cm (90ml)
Firing temperature: up to 1065℃～1700℃
Contraction ratio: 30-40%
Time: autumn-winter 2017 (Dingyou year丁酉年, 34th year of the Sexagenary Cycle)
Artisan: Jun Meng 孟军
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.