• by vinux

Many friends who are familiar with purple sand know that the main minerals in purple sand are purple mud, segment mud, red mud, green mud and so on. What few people know is that there is also a kind of “white clay”.

White clay is a pure sandy alumina-clayey sedimentary rock. Mainly produced in Dingshu Town, Da Chao Shan, Baini Shan and Nanshan area, there is also a small amount of output in Huanglong Mountain, mostly used for making pottery pots and rarely used for making kettles.

Yellow Dragon Mountain Clay.

The ore has a pale blue-white or gray-white color, is dense and blocky in appearance, relatively soft and brittle, and contains a small amount of white mica fragments.

After burning, it is white in color, with a relatively hard texture and a smooth surface. At a certain high temperature, it appears to be pale blue-white.

Let’s take a look at the clay recorder.

Breath like a pear in white clay style.

This pot is made in the style of Ailisi, polished with water-sieving method using white mud, and then fired in a kiln. The body is crystallized and delicate, similar to jiangtai porcelain.

The bottom of the pot is delicately carved with the six characters “Yun Miao Qing Wu Meng, Xi Ru”, reminiscent of the Wei Stele in calligraphy. The strokes are precise and vigorous, with a noble and ancient style.

The Shinseki Plum Pillar

This plum post teapot is made of high-quality white mud, with fine sand texture and elegant color. The body shape is similar to a plum post, decorated with broken branches and tender buds. The teapot button, spout and handle are all made of old dry branches and new buds of the plum tree, full of interesting meaning.

The inscription on the body of the pot reads: “Tea brewing to entertain guests and make it taste like a poem”. There is a small seal of “Shen Xi” under the handle of the pot, and a square seal with the words “Tea Mature Fragrant Warm” on the bottom.

The White Clay Chrysanthemum Petal Teapot

This pot is made of white clay with chrysanthemum petals as its pattern. It is light, delicate and just the right size. The veins are clear, resembling buds about to bloom, which indeed makes it irresistible.

It has a muted pale blue-white color, exuding an elegant feel.

The white mud jade orchid cup.

This jade orchid cup is made of white clay sandy tire, with tender yellow color and stable luster. After forming, the tire mud is flat and smooth, full of wrapping paste, warm and soft like jade.

The cup body is shaped like a magnolia, with five petals. It is shaped according to the situation and layers outwards. The bottom and one side of the cup are connected with branches, leaves and buds.

The cup size is moderate, the shape is full and soft, it fits comfortably in one’s hand, and there is a sense of restraint and solemnity in the beauty of its rhyme.

Yang Pengnian painted a white clay bowl.

White clay as the womb, inner walls, and bottom feet glazed in white, molded into a twenty-four petal chrysanthemum shape, with verses engraved on the rim and signed with ‘Peng Nian’.

The aesthetic modeling is even more valuable in that it appears in pairs and is preserved intact.

The white clay bowl is decorated with Kui-wen dragon pattern.

This vessel is made of white clay, delicate and orderly. Its mouth is slightly outward, the walls are round and the feet are circled. The whole vessel has a graceful shape.

The bowl has a decorative print of a Kui-long pattern, with an outline around the base and a ring of lotus petal pattern at the bottom. It is crafted with exquisite craftsmanship.

Nowadays, because of its low yield and inferior characteristics compared to other clays, almost no one uses white clay to make pots anymore, yet these artifacts still remain, allowing us to appreciate the meticulous ingenuity of our ancestors.