• by vinux

This question is actually a bit difficult to answer as the price of a Zisha teapot is related to the clay, craftsmanship and even the author.

The price range of a product cannot be determined solely by the materials alone, such as the level of craftsmanship and difficulty of the design. Clay is just one of the factors to consider.

However, Ben Shan green mud is indeed rare and precious, mostly used by skilled pottery makers. At this time, the price of the clay material is not very high, but the value (shape and workmanship) of the pot is generally not low.

Similarly, if the skill is not up to par, even with the most expensive clay material, the value of such a pot would not be very high.

This mountain green is a high-temperature fired gourd drum.

This mountain green is high-temperature fired and supplied for a Spring pot.

Is the value of merchandise with a physical product higher than that of a digital product?

No.

Purple sand tea pots can be divided into three categories according to their shapes: light pot, flower pot, and tendon pot. Light pots come in two forms – round and square – which are mainly pots with a plain surface. Flower pots are decorated with natural elements such as fruits, flowers, trees, birds, animals and fish. Tendon pots provide an aesthetic appeal through interwoven lines.

Each has its own unique characteristics; it is very difficult to reach perfection in the points, lines, and surfaces of an artwork.

Does an old pot necessarily have more value than a new one?

No, that’s not how it is.

For example, a lot of purple clay pots from the Ming Dynasty were discovered without marks, and there are problems with the line of the body, button and handle, and over-processing in the mud material. It is obvious that the workmanship is rough and the collection value is not great.

Although it is true that an old teapot, especially from the Ming Dynasty or early Qing Dynasty, is rare, its collection value is not great due to its age and crude craftsmanship.

Moreover, many of the existing old pots are low-grade products, and few of them are made by famous masters.

Actually, works by some of today’s masters also have certain collection value, especially those pots made in collaboration with famous artists, whose collection value is even greater.

Boiling water to make tea, the kettle suddenly cracked, is it because the material was not up to standard?

In this situation, there are generally two possible causes:

One, your kettle has been bumped before, but it is very subtle (commonly known as “internal injury”), and it cracked after long use.

Two, belongs to “startling open”, that is, the temperature difference between the inside and outside of the pot is too large, resulting in bursting. Pay special attention in winter, such as warming the pot each time before use, this situation will not happen.

Is every purple clay teapot covered in ash originally made with mud?

No.

In the past, mud pots were usually used to cover ash. After this process, purple sand pots became gray-black in color and have a unique flavor after long-term soaking.

Later, many people came to like this color, so some good pots were also taken to wrap in ash, just for this effect and not to cover the glaze itself.