• by vinux

There has always been a subtle relationship between fully handcrafted Purple Clay Teapots and semi-handcrafted ones:

The body shape of the full manual beating is constantly striving for a regular mould-like shape.

Half-manual imitation of full-hand, but constantly striving for the details of the full-hand.

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Therefore, many pottery enthusiasts become confused when they try to distinguish between full hand and half hand methods. There are many ways to identify them on the Internet, and the “mud bench pattern” we will talk about today is one of them.

The local term of Yixing, “mud bench”, actually refers to the workbench of the pottery master, usually made from wood.

This workbench is a mud bench.

There are wood grain patterns on the wooden table. When the potter is pounding mud strips, one side of it will be printed with wood grain, which is also known as Niden pattern. However, not all pots have Niden pattern, and there will be no such patterns if it is not a wooden stool.

The bench has a woodgrain pattern.

When making a purple clay teapot by hand, usually the side with the mud lattice texture is used as the inner wall of the pot and the smooth side is used as the outer wall.

Mud Bench Pattern

After firing, there is an irregular horizontally striped pattern on the inner wall of the pot. The depth and length of the stripes vary depending on the intensity and technique of tapping.

So, does that mean all pots with mud-seal patterns are made by hand?

This is not the case. Semi-manual production also requires mud bars, so the inner wall of semi-manual pots also has mud stool patterns, which cannot be used as a standard for distinguishing between full and semi-manual.

Note: The above picture is a typical and obvious mud bench pattern.

Furthermore, pot friends should note that the mud seat pattern is different from the horizontal regulation circle pattern, which is the trace of a hand-pulled pot. There is a obvious difference between the two.

The marks of a hand-pulled pot.

In addition, although the mud seat pattern cannot distinguish the entire hand, it can be used to a certain extent as a basis for identifying motorcycle jugs.

Because the mud strip on the locomotive pot is rolled out by the machine, there is no need to beat the mud strip, so the locomotive pot has no mud trough pattern.

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In the end, it all comes down to one thing: don’t judge by its marks. In the hands of some experienced counterfeiters, mud bars can be specifically knocked on a mud stool, so it’s not a reliable criterion. Besides, many pots are pushed against walls and hung upside down to make them look neat inside!