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1. Observe the pot’s shape and texture. Look for variations in color, thickness, and form.
2. Learn about different firing techniques used to produce different colors, textures, and styles of pottery.
3. Consider how the pot’s glaze affects its overall look and feel.
4. Appreciate the craftsmanship and skill involved in creating a handmade purple clay pot.
5. Understand the historical context of purple clay pots from different regions and cultures.
Due to the fact that purple clay teapots satisfy both practical use and appreciation, it has been favored by people as a work of art. Practical and ornamental users are quickly following suit. In addition to drinking tea, it takes learning and communication to truly understand purple clay teapots with artistic taste. Learn to appreciate in use, play in use, and take care of the pot during use. With sincere communication with it, the purple clay teapot will be full of spirit, its color and texture will change from dry to moist, and the water color will be fully displayed. As long as they are not bumped into, purple clay teapots become newer with age, becoming more mellow and lovely. With patina they become a “treasure”, full of joy when held in hand.
Playing pottery refers to the “fire degree” of playing purple sand pots. Just right fire can make the mud surface of the pot without shiny small white silver star, under natural light observation can have several kinds of reflective color light, the more rich reflection color light, the better the mud quality, reflective color light stiff and single impossible is good mud quality. Another phenomenon of good mud quality is that pouring boiling water into the pot can make the mud color darker, which is called coloring property. The greater the color change, the better the mud quality and the stronger maintainability. Only pure and good mud quality can cultivate delicate skin feeling like baby’s skin, elegant and simple visual feeling like ancient mirror, round and deep jade style of coloring.
Nurturing a teapot is a communication and connection between people and objects. The process of rubbing the pot with a soft cloth such as hand or towel is the communication process with the teapot, and over time it will radiate a colorful brilliance. According to experience, for nurturing teapots, black tea other than oolong tea, as well as tieguanyin and red tea are easy to brew to achieve good results because oolong tea and tieguanyin are semi-fermented teas possessing the characteristics of warm red tea. When playing with teapots, it’s best to use mountain spring water because it is natural water without any peculiar smell that won’t interfere with the fragrance of the tea leaves. Absolutely don’t use tap water or brandless barrel water because its acidity, mineral content and smell can directly ruin the mellowness of the tea’s aroma. “Water is the mother of tea and pot is the father of tea”. Don’t use flower-scented teas for nurturing pots because their floral scents are too strong which can overpower aromas of other types of teas.
Admiring tea pots is the most appreciative of their cultural background. “Purple sand clay is an honorable soil, and those who play with it are honorable people.” Tea pots made of purple sand can be divided into two categories: imitation flower vessels and traditional plain vessels. Imitation flower vessels take inspiration from natural life forms. This kind of tea pots needs to be exquisitely crafted and its decorations must harmonize with its practicality without being forced or exaggerated. Plain vessels have a simple geometrical shape without any unnecessary decorations. When admiring the plain vessel one should first look at the body and cover of the pot to see if they are full, then check if it is not too inside out, round shaped but not thin, then check the combination of mouthpieces and handles to see if external cut line is smooth. There is a proverb that has been passed down among professionals in this field that goes like “The handle follows along with the body of the pot, and the mouthpiece comes out following after the handle”, expressing its mysteriousness in an imaginative manner.
The first function of a purple clay teapot is to be used, so it should be comfortable to hold first. You can pick up the pot with one hand and press the lid to see if it is comfortable, and other fingers should not touch the body of the pot, otherwise it will be too hot to hold. Then check if there is a gap between the lid and the body of the pot. Too small or too big gaps are not good. The edge line of the lid should be neat and even with the mouth line of the pot, without any unevenness when turning.
Once you have mastered the above points, it is the first step to learning Zisha. Learning is a process of gradual progress and endlessness. Enjoying art is the highest realm. Inviting several confidantes, with a Zisha teapot to brew fragrant tea, cultivate your mind and body with frugality.