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1. Quality of purple clay products is determined by its price: False. Although the price of purple clay products corresponds to its quality, the most expensive does not always guarantee the best quality. Conversely, some low-priced ones may be of better value.
2. All purple clay items are handmade: False. There are a variety of methods used to make purple clay items, and mass production techniques are often utilized in producing low-cost items with mediocre quality.
3. All purple clay items can be used for drinking tea: False. Not all purple clay items are designed for drinking tea, as some artifacts serve purely aesthetic purposes such as decoration or display.
4. The higher the temperature the better when firing purple clay products: False. If a too high temperature is used in firing process it will damage the porosity and weaken the product’s aesthetics, causing uneven coloration or cracks on surface of item .
Common Misconceptions about Collecting Purple-Sand Pottery
1. First look at the base, then buy the vase.
When buying a teapot, the first thing to look at should be the clay material and pot shape. The bottom mark cannot indicate much; some imitation of famous potters’ teapots with good clay material and craftsmanship are also worth collecting. Looking at the bottom mark can easily lead one astray, thinking that it is a famous potter’s teapot and getting trapped in the price.
Common Collection Misunderstandings of Purple Sand Pots 2. Pots focus too much on flamboyant colors
For beginners of pottery playing, especially those who like the various colors and complex shapes of purple sand pots or those with characters carved on the body, it is a kind of misconception that the more expensive character a pot has, the better. In fact, good works that are durable and practical often look plain and stable, just like a beauty without heavy makeup will make people feel more attractive than with too much makeup. If you feel that it is too monotonous, you can appropriately decorate some pictures or calligraphy in corresponding positions. As for color selection, try to choose steady shades if possible; otherwise you may use brighter and lively colors. It should also be noted that many potters don’t even drink tea themselves, so their made pots are not practical but just for viewing pleasure.
Common misconceptions about collecting purple sand pottery 3. Buy a pot randomly.
It is important to have a purpose before buying a teapot. If you want an ordinary one, or a collectible one; if you are looking for one to make Pu’er tea, or Iron Guanyin tea, most ordinary ones are within 250 cc and the collectable works are generally above 250 cc. For making Pu’er tea, the body and belly of the teapot can be larger, the colour of clay deeper， the size between 150-250 cc; for making Iron Guanyin tea, it should be able to pour out water quickly, with thin walls and short body; the clay should be light in colour and the size controlled between 100-150 cc. People in Yixing like to drink local red tea so they usually choose a pot of 250-350 cc. As for those above 350cc, they basically belong to “ornamental” teapots with little practicality.
Common collection misconceptions of purple sand teapots: 4. Focus on all manual work
Buying a famous teapot with a certificate is certainly nice, but it is not necessary. There are many certificates on the street and some of them may be fake. Some people who make teapots will just copy a few photos and attach them to the teapot when it’s done. If you want to buy a real famous teapot, you can appreciate its quality, color and charm just by looking at it. But if the proportions are not balanced, then there is no value in collecting it. Perhaps the so-called title of master potters was bought with money and fame. It’s not surprising that money and fame trade is quite common nowadays. Also, try not to buy the teapots made by the masters who produce too much because they are usually not authentic or skilful enough. A master potter who has good temperament and skills would prefer to keep low profile and produce fewer works. For example, there are many unknown but skillful folk potters in Yixing city who do great jobs but remain anonymous.