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Many pottery friends often ask why zisha teapots have different colors? What is the difference between the different colors of pots? Here we will try to explain it in an easy-to-understand way, so that when you see teapots made of different kinds of clay, you can recognize their color.

The color and texture of a zisha teapot depend on the type and quality of clay used to make it. For example, purple sand teapots made from purple sand clay tend to be grayish or light yellow in color. Other types of clay such as Jingdezhen porcelain, Yixing stone, Wuyuan stone and Longquan celadon produce teapots with various shades of green, blue and brown.

The quality of clay also affects the color and texture of a teapot. For instance, higher-grade purple sand clay produces a smooth texture with even coloration which is more suitable for making collectible tea utensils. Lower grade purple sand clay is usually more coarse grained and unevenly colored resulting in a less desirable product.

In conclusion, the variety and quality of clay used in making zisha teapots affect their appearance. Therefore, when looking at different types of zisha teapots, take note of the type and quality of clay they are made from to better understand their unique characteristics.

The different colors of purple clay teapots are the result of using different clays in the manufacturing process. Clay is an important factor in determining the quality of a purple clay teapot, and it is also an important gauge for judging its taste. There are many types of clay, so let’s take a look at some common ones.

Red Clay

Clay which is colored red due to a high content of iron oxide. It is widely used in pottery, brick, and tile manufacture. Red clay can also be used in combination with other materials such as sand and cement to create mortar for construction purposes.

Due to the heavy clay in the original ore, it is not easy to become sand, so it is necessary to take a harder part from the soft clay ore, and then go through a complicated process of refining before it can be made into pottery! It has a bright red color and a soft sandy texture. When rinsing with hot water while making tea, it will immediately show its delicate and bright red characteristics, and the tea soup brewed will be fragrant and mellow.

Picture: Chrysanthemum in Mud Paste

Chrysanthemums are a popular flower during autumn in many parts of Asia. They are often used to decorate homes and as offerings for ancestral worship. “Mud paste” chrysanthemums are made by combining mud with pigment, then forming it into an open blossom structure and adorning it with petals. The craftsmanship is so intricate that the resulting artwork resembles real-life blooms.

Red Clay

The red clay ore has a high content of oxidized iron, the best of which is bright and clean with a slight orange hue, while the inferior ones are muddled and gloomy, intolerable; the original ore of red clay is hard like stone, light green in color, with a slightly lower kiln temperature, suitable for making small tea sets, cute and lively, deeply loved by people. The particles are clearly veined and have good breathability with nourishing effect.

Picture: Red Clay Pumpkin Pot

Translation: A photo of a red clay pumpkin pot.

Red Robe

The bright red robe is eye-catching, with a graceful temperament, which makes the viewers feel blessed with good luck; it is an exquisite Zhu Ni clay near extinction. It has a soft and dense texture, firm and delicate, firmly held and heavy, red and gorgeous; the clay particles in the mud are incomparable; when exposed to hot water after mixing the mud, the color changes greatly and presents red with purple, making it easy to show the beauty of “wrapping”.

Picture: Big Red Robe Ledao Pot

Translation: A picture of a large red robe-style Ledao pot.

Purple mud

This is a typical purple sand with a purple-brown color. It is made from the raw purple sand ore mined from the Huanglong Mountain mineral vein in Yixing, Jiangsu Province. The iron content of the mineral vein is high, and the particles in the mud are large and loose, and the body clearly has a dual air hole structure. The original ore sand mud has a pure texture, uniform sand quality, moist and pleasant color, and green sandy mud is warm and delicate.

Picture: Purple Clay Luck Pot

Translation: A picture of a purple clay luck pot.

Clear Water Mortar

The mud has a mellow and elegant Erya flavor and a strong scholar-like atmosphere. After long-term use, the ancient simplicity and exquisite taste are more intense, which is one of the favorite mud materials used by Ming Dynasty pottery makers. Making tea with this mud is easy to start with, and after a long time it will show a red and moist surface, becoming more rosy, ancient and dignified.

Picture: Sky Pot from Clear Water Clay

Sky Pot from Clear Water Clay is a hand-crafted pottery. It is an elegant and timeless piece of pottery for any home. The pot comes with a lid, so it can easily be used as a decorative piece or filled with water or tea. The clay used in making the pot is sourced directly from the banks of the clear water river in China, giving it a unique texture and feel. The glaze applied to the surface adds a shine and depth of color to the pot. This beautiful piece will bring joy to any home, and can also make an excellent gift for friends and family.

Bottom groove cleaning

The finest quality of Benming Clay comes from the deepest layer of Purple Clay. It has been praised by potters of all ages and is a classic and beloved clay for centuries. It is mild and elegant, with a mellow and lingering tea flavor, deep and persistent. After long-term soaking, the color will change from brown to an ancient dark liver color, making it look more plain and elegant, bright and shiny!

Picture: Fish Pot with Bottom Drainer

This pot has a bottom drainer which makes it easier to clean the fish.

Golden section

The structure of the mud material is obviously a double-air hole structure with larger particles and loose body. The air convection is smooth. After long-term use, its edge gradually comes out, forming a great change to be the best equipment for nurturing pots.

Picture: Golden Segment Imitating Ancient Wishful Thinking

Mountain Green Mud

Made from the ore veins of Huanglong Mountain, this Benyuan green clay teapot has a rustic and unsophisticated feel. The sand is fine and has a granular aesthetic. It is a combination of purple clay and fat, hence the name “clay within clay”. The yield is low and the clay is relatively soft, with lower fire resistance than purple clay. The original ore color is pale greenish gray.

Picture: Green Plum Blossom Roundel at Ben Shan