- by vinux
It takes at least half a month to make a handmade purple sand pot, while the pot copied from the mold can be made in just three or four days, four to five times difference in production time, and value far apart. How to identify whether a purple sand pot is handmade has become one of the must-have courses for tea friends.
Li Shenggang, the head of Wanhe Teahouse, showed a purchase order to the reporter of Bohai Morning Post. It clearly records the ex-factory prices of many craftsman, artisans, semi-handcrafts and machine-made purple sand pots. To differentiate needs comprehensive three factors; firstly is to look at the price. Even for an unknown maker’s handcraft pot, the price is above 500 yuan per pot.
Price is only an initial identification, wrinkles and traces are two other more important factors for judgement. Xiao Fanglin, the manager of Xinyuan Chun Tea Store, introduced that handmade purple sand pots need to be carefully polished on the mud bench, and the wood grain of the mud bench will be left inside after being done well. If no extra processing is added to a fully handmade pot, a natural wrinkle will appear, while half-handmade pots usually have some man-made scratches.
The bottom and wall of a hand-made purple sand pot are made separately, but the purple sand clay is kneaded at the same time. This time difference causes a distinct inlay trace to form around the bottom of the pot after firing. “If it is a purple sand pot made from molds, there will be no obvious traces at the back cover connection after burning.”
Subsequently, Xiao Fanglin took out a hand-crafted purple sand teapot in the shape of Xi Shi and gave an explanation. “The round pot is all handmade with only one joint, which cannot be seen from the outside. Because the outside joint can be processed by hand, there is no visible place inside, some tools cannot be used either, so it’s hard to make it even and smooth. Sometimes the eyes may not be able to see it, so you have to feel it by hand.”