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1. Make sure you research the history and manufacturer of the teapot before buying.
2. Check for authenticity, as there are many replicas of Purple Clay Teapots on the market.
3. Ensure the teapot has an unglazed and rough surface which is characteristic of true Purple Clay Teapots.
4. Be aware that age can affect a teapot’s quality, as older ones have been seasoned over time and become smoother after being used repeatedly.
5. Get advice from friends or professionals who are knowledgeable about tea utensils before making your purchase.
To brew a good cup of tea, one needs the right set of tea ware. Purple sand pots not only look beautiful in shape but also have fine pores and high density, which can retain the original flavor of the tea. At the same time, purple sand pots have a high permeability and are not prone to alter its flavor when brewing tea. Therefore, many tea drinkers prefer using purple sand pots for brewing tea. So what should beginners pay attention to when buying a purple sand pot?
For your first teapot purchase, prioritize practicality over any ideas of what kind of clay it should be made of since you probably won’t be able to differentiate just yet. Any naturally sourced clay will do for now. Don’t worry about the title or pedigree of the potter either – those background factors are something to consider when you’ve advanced further in playing with teapots.
Translation: The traditional pot shape is the main focus.
Consider if you have a shape of tea pot that you particularly like, such as Xishi or Shipei, etc. classic shapes. If so, choose according to the picture. If not, just pick one you like. Try to stick to a traditional pot shape. This can help you get to know purple sand tea pots better.
Travel with experts.
If there is an expert around when buying a pot that you like, it will be much easier. Either ask the expert to go pick the pot with you or just grab one from the expert.
No need to overthink.
When selecting a teapot, don’t consider too much such as the water not spattering when poured an inch high,no saliva flowing from the spout and so on. These are all minor factors as long as they do not affect use. For the so-called “three points and one line”, it is enough to have in general. Handicrafts are after all not machine-processed parts and are not as accurate in deviation. This should not be your main consideration factor (this refers to practical purple clay works; if considering collection, discussion should be made separately).
Don’t tap on the pot randomly.
As a novice, do not attempt to tap the body of the teapot with the lid or mouth; this behavior is most offensive to the shopkeeper and can easily result in chipping. You would be at a disadvantage in this situation if you lack the ability to distinguish between good and bad teapots, rendering this method of picking a teapot useless for you.
Believe in first impressions.
Do not be influenced by the body tube molding process, also known as full hand-made and semi-hand-made (mold forming). At the beginning stage of a beginner, this option has no more practical meaning for you but will only increase your troubles and can easily be tempted, which in turn will affect your normal judgment.
A pot, placed there, or hidden among many pots, if it catches your eye, not determined by body shape craftsmanship.
Here, we remind pottery players that whether the pot is fully handmade or semi-handmade is not the only criterion for the quality of a purple clay pot, nor is it a natural boundary between artworks and daily necessities. It should be known that excellent semi-handmade works are not cheap either. For example, the semi-handmade pots of Master Jiang Rong are now more than ten million yuan. People who understand the pot know this well. The key is to look at how the tea pot’s clay, craftsmanship, shape and charm are, that is, the “form, spirit, breath and state” of the work.
Do as you wish.
If you choose a square or oval container, then sealing between the lid and body is not something you need to worry about, as these types of containers are limited by their production process meaning they may leak quite a bit. Of course, if you insist on perfection, there are some that still don’t leak.
Above are some things to keep in mind when a novice buys their first purple clay teapot, hopefully it will be of help.