• by vinux

Purple sand pot is a learning, many pot friends in the entrance selection when the pot are very confused, not knowing how to start. In the initial stage of just coming into contact with purple sand pot, I think every pot friend has gone through a lot of detours, almost without exception.

They have generally gone through a process of buying in a disorderly and excessive manner. Due to the lack of understanding on how to communicate with the merchants, they have bought things indiscriminately. Unfortunately, their appreciation level has not kept up with their buying speed.

Buying a genuine teapot, drinking tea with vigor and vitality. This is the mindset and starting point of many novice friends when buying a teapot. For newcomers, how should they select their first purple sand teapot?

For a novice tea brewer, where should they start?

Before choosing a pot, you should know what your purpose is in buying it. What will you use the pot for – give it as a gift or keep it for yourself?

Send someone off:
Wish them a safe journey and happiness in their new endeavors.

Male or female

What tea to drink?

Leaders or colleagues

I’m thinking of sending something within a certain price range.

I use it for myself.

Prepare what tea to brew.

Usually a few people use it.

I like what kind of clay and what type of tool.

Mental price tag? It all depends on what is being purchased and one’s personal opinion of its worth.

Only practical use, or buy for collection.

Above all, one must understand these in order to pick a purple clay teapot that is suitable for oneself.

Regarding purple clay: What kinds are there?

Clay mainly can be divided into purple clay, red clay and segmented clay. Different colors and textures can also be obtained by mixing single mud with other purple mud or its symbiotic minerals.

When buying a pot for the first time, it is best to be practical rather than search for some rare and strange clay. You won’t be able to tell the difference anyway, just as long as it’s genuine purple clay.

At the same time, don’t consider factors such as professional title and master-disciple relationship of the artists. These are all sources of financial burden that have no direct relation to how good the pot is.

Do not try to tap the body of a pot with a lid or ladle. This action lets the shopkeeper know at once that you are novice, and also easily leads to bumps. You will be the one who suffers in the end.

Without the ability to distinguish, this method of choosing a pot has no practical value to you. The best way to choose a pot is to first remove the lid and gently place it mouth down in a safe area.

This way, you can take the pot body up and down with peace of mind to observe and pick out faults.

When choosing a pot, it is suggested that the so-called “three points and one line” (i.e., the spout, mouth point and handle are on one straight line) should be roughly aligned.

Handicrafts, after all, are not machine-processed parts and the deviation is not that accurate, which should not be the main consideration when you choose a pot.

Don’t think too much about trivial matters such as water not splashing when it’s poured out, saliva not flowing from the mouth, etc. These are all secondary factors and just for show. As long as they don’t affect usage, it’s fine.

What tea do you plan to brew in this teapot, for how many people, so that the size can be roughly determined? Genuine purple sand teapot can be felt by eye and touch. Generally speaking, its color and luster are calm but not garish; although there is a certain luster, it should be like a thin fog from inside out rather than shining too brightly. The sand feeling on the surface is obvious with layers of texture, and the particles appear and disappear, making you reluctant to let go.

Consider whether there is a shape that you like very much, such as Xishi, such as stone gourd and other classic shapes. If there is, look for it according to the picture. If not, then choose according to your own preference.

If there is an expert by your side, it will save you a lot of trouble. Either ask the expert to pick up the pot with you, or just grab one from him directly.

Price, or how much money you plan to spend on a pot, should be clearly defined as a benchmark so that it should not fluctuate too much. What needs to be reminded is not to be greedy for cheapness. The old saying “A penny saved is a penny earned” is a hard truth and don’t think you got the better of the deal; merchants are not all fools.

Do not be affected by the body-forming process, which is commonly referred to as full-hand, semi-hand molding.

For beginners, this option has no more practical meaning for you, it will only increase your worries, and is also very easy to be misled, which in turn affects your normal judgment.

A pot, placed there or hidden amongst many other pots, if it catches your eye, it is not the shape of the body that determines its craftsmanship.

Be cautious with teapots that have an unusual shape or glossy clay material.

If you choose a ladle and a scoop, then the seal between the lid and body is not something you need to consider, as these two types of vessels are limited by their manufacturing process and there is bound to be some leakage. Of course, if you insist on being picky, there might be an extremely rare case of something that does not leak.

The body of a purple sand pot is often carved with characters and pictures. When choosing a pot, one must choose one with better carving and accurate writing. Of course, the carver of a purple sand pot that is generally cheap cannot be a famous master, but there are still some good ones.

A chisel is like a pen, the skill can be seen. Who knows, the newbie of today might be the future master of arts! It all depends on our vision.

Understanding purple clay is a completely individual experience, an accumulation process as well as a process of correcting mistakes.

The more experience a novice has, the fewer mistakes they make, and the more successful their learning is, which can be examined through cost accounting. Paying less tuition and gaining more knowledge makes a good student.

The pot doesn’t care if it’s expensive or cheap; as long as it’s the one that you like, it’s a good pot.