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Duanni purple clay teapots are known for their excellent quality and craftsmanship. They are made from a special type of clay that is sourced only in the Yixing region of China, which is renowned for its pottery. The clay is heated to high temperatures to give it a unique colour and texture. It also helps to keep the tea warm, as well as impart a unique flavour and aroma to the brew. Duanni teapots are highly prized by connoisseurs as they bring out the best in Chinese teas. They are also considered works of art due to their intricate designs, making them highly collectible items.
Dani is a kind of clay used to make purple sand teapots. It is also called Tuani and is a symbiotic kaolin soil composed of Ben Shan green clay and purple clay. It comes from Huanglong Mountain, its original ore is green-grey and it’s the fat layer in the purple sand clay. After firing, it turns yellowish like rice. So what are the characteristics of Dani pottery Purple Sand teapot?

An old purple clay teapot
The Dan Niu purple sand pot is characterized by its intricate design and bright colors. The pot is crafted with a mixture of clays, and the glaze used is fused with many different minerals to produce an intriguing array of colors and effects.

The characteristics of Duan Ni Zisha teapot are that the purple clay particles are not very obvious. In this mountain green mud, it seems to only play a role in changing its color. There is a sense of hierarchy, like jade. Duan Ni can’t burn the mountain green, and the mountain green mud burned out is a pure yellow color. Duan Ni is used for firing pottery industry. The purple sand ware fired by Duan Ni has also changed, not only in terms of color, but also in terms of sanding effect. Knowing the characteristics of Duan Ni purple sand teapot, it will be easier to identify whether it is a Duan Ni purple sand teapot or not.

It is suggested to use the Dan Niu Purple Clay teapots for brewing: Pu’er Tea series, Tie Guan Yin and semi-fermented tea, fully fermented teas (black teas), Oolong raw teas (lightly baked fire series), green tea, Long Jing, red tea, etc.
Original mine segment purple clay teapot
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The clay material contained in the mud block has a larger structure, which is loose and the body obviously has a double-hole structure. The air convection is smooth. After long-term use, its sharpness gradually reveals and it becomes the best equipment for keeping tea. Tea tastes delicious and it’s highly praised! In the early stage, the temperature of the kiln used for making mud was relatively low, so general silk mud products would “spit black”; while nowadays, high temperature kilns are used to make silk mud pots, which can easily reach the required temperature, achieving higher crystallization and absolutely no “spit black”!

Basically, mudstone can be divided into three types: raw mineral mudstone, aged mudstone and blended mudstone. Aged mudstone is raw mineral mudstone that has been aged for a certain period of time. Gold section and sesame section are blended mudstones; for example, sesame section is made by blending purple clay particles into Benshan green clay. Blending sand-mud mainly aims at emphasizing the texture of the material.