• by vinux

Many new Hukou friends hope to buy a pot suitable for themselves, but afraid of being cheated, because there are many negative messages about “fake purple sand pot” on the Internet. The reason is that some friends were fooled and spent a lot of real money to buy a so-called genuine “Yixing Purple Sand Pot”, asking everywhere, after getting some negative evaluations, their hearts were dispirited and gradually disgusted with purple sand, purple sand people and purple sand merchants, disillusioned or desperate with the industry.

Did the purple sand pot make a mistake? No. It was the unscrupulous black dealers who cheated unsuspecting consumers of their knowledge of purple sand pots by selling inferior ones.

So, how can a novice pottery enthusiast buy a satisfactory purple sand pot with real gold and silver?

Progressive in sequence.

The identification and authentication of Zi Sha teapots mainly includes the following aspects:
1. Check the quality of materials: whether it is made of natural purple sand or not;
2. Observe the color, lustre, texture and pattern on the surface;
3. Examine the uniformity of craftsmanship;
4. Pay attention to the sound when tapping with a hard object;
5. Feel the weight of it in hand;
6. Judge from appearance if there is any mismatch between different parts.

One: Identification of its raw material purple sand clay.

Second: Evaluation of the modeling features.

Three is: Understanding of craftsmanship.

Four is: evaluation of decorative craftsmanship.

Five is: Appreciation of the imprinted style.

In addition, comprehensive cognitive ability in the above aspects. Only by mastering these methods and techniques can one truly pick out a good pot, thus enjoying the pleasure therein.

Incorrect selection of pots: only focus on who the author of the pot is (including title, apprenticeship, fame, prospects, money prospects…).

Two, use sparingly without extravagance.

Some tea friends would rather spend 10,000 to buy 10 teapots than spend 10,000 to buy one. As fans, I often advise them that if their economic conditions allow it, even though the difference between 5,000 and 10,000 is twice as much, if they budget for a year to buy 10,000 teapots, it’s better to overdraw their extra money than to buy anything controversial.

As a commodity, Purple Sand Pots, like all other commodities, are graded during production and sale. Generally speaking, Purple Sand Pots can be divided into four grades.

Utilitarian ware (ordinary purple clay pot): It is for general consumers, used in teahouses and ordinary citizens’ families. Its shape features are concise and generous, so the price is relatively affordable and economically practical, which has never been a part of appreciation pots; at the same time it also has good tea drinking function, very practical!

Crafts: Generally produced by skilled craftsmen, the price of such pots is mostly affected by the level of the craftsperson’s title. The titles range from technician, assistant craftsman, craftsman to senior craftsman and researcher-level senior craftsman. These works are usually made exquisitely and there may be some differences according to the different levels of titles. Prices ranging from thousands to tens of thousands are normal.

Famous Products: Also known as special arts and crafts. Famous people are certainly outstanding among their peers. There are few famous people, and even fewer works; they are always the objects of desire for appreciators and collectors. Some Purple Sand artists who have considerable strength create Purple Sand pots, ranging from thousands to tens of thousands of yuan in price. Some works made by famous masters can be sold for hundreds of thousands or even millions in the market currently.

Roughly speaking, artwork is not judged according to special craftsmanship, exquisite skill, unique function, and precious materials; rather, it depends on how much artistic life the artist has injected into the traditional technique of purple sand based on his/her cultural and artistic attainments. For example, the works of Master Gu Jingzhou and Master Jiang Rong always fetch millions or even tens of millions at every auction.

Gu Jingzhou and Han Meilin plucked the strings of the lute.

At the 2013 spring auction of Poly Auction, 8.28 million yuan was successfully transacted.

Finally, a word of advice to everyone: liking is the essence. As for investing and speculation, some people have made a lot of money after buying something for several years, even they don’t know why. So if you purely follow your passion for purple sand pottery for leisure and recreational purposes with no hesitation to make investments and speculation, you’ll ultimately be the one suffering losses. Dear pottery friends, spend money within your means, think twice before making any purchase.