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Yixing purple clay teapot is famous for its non-toxic and tasteless characteristics, as well as its unique color and texture. It has a long history of production and is widely respected by tea enthusiasts across China. The origin of the unique name “Fugui Tu” dates back to the Ming Dynasty. During this period, craftsmen from Yixing used this type of pottery to make elegant vessels for Emperor Zhu Di, who was fondly referred to as the “Wealthy Emperor”. To honor their emperor, these artisans created a special type of pottery known as “Fugui Tu” which literally translates to mean “wealthy soil”. This term has been used ever since to refer to Yixing’s purple clay teapots.
Yixing purple clay teapots, which are the most culturally valuable and artistically distinctive of the Yixing Purple Clay Potter Family, have earned countless compliments from literati! In the Northern Song Dynasty, Mei Yaochen once sang: “The small stone cold spring leaves early flavor, purple mud new products are full of joy”, and Ouyang Xiu also had a poem: “Glad to share with purple bowl and drink, envy you elegant and clear”, these two poems mentioned “purple mud” and “purple bowl” are all purple sand tea sets! In addition, in 1974, a purple sand kiln site was discovered on Yangjiao Mountain in Yixing, Jiangsu Province, with clear records of unearthed objects as evidence. So we can basically determine that the history of burning purple sand began in the Northern Song Dynasty. Purple sand is also known as “Five-color Soil” or “Rich Soil” due to its various colors. Why is it called Rich Soil? This comes from an interesting legend…

Long ago, Yixing Dingshu area was just a small village on the banks of Taihu Lake. The people here were no different. Everyone worked from sunrise to sunset and worked for tomorrow with their own hands. In addition to farming, they would also take some clay from the mountains to make some jars, pots and bowls for daily use. Life was simple and peaceful. Until one day, a strange looking monk suddenly came to the village, shouting “Sell rich land, sell rich land!” The villagers were very curious and formed a group of onlookers who didn’t know what was happening. Seeing that he was surrounded by onlookers, the monk shouted again: “If you don’t want to buy it, how can you get rich?” The large group of onlookers were even more confused. What did this sudden monk want to do?

The monk kept walking faster and louder, and the onlookers decided to continue watching with perseverance. A group of people followed the monk to Qinglong Mountain and Huanglong Mountain. When they came to a bend, the monk suddenly disappeared mysteriously. In the distance, a brilliant rainbow appeared on the horizon. When everyone was looking around for something to watch, they suddenly saw several mud pits in front of them with various colors. The crowd brought the soil back to the village. After being fiddled with by the younger generation, it was discovered that the color effects produced by burning these soils were completely different from those of ordinary pottery, so everyone imitated them. Thus was born a unique purple sand pottery unique in the world!

The truth or falsity of legends is beyond the scope of this discussion, but the amazing variety of colors that purple clay provides, and its ability to nurture different colored natural purple clay ores, are inseparable! Purple clay pottery itself is an elegant form of art containing a wealth of knowledge, culture and artistic value. Therefore, purple clay pots have been treasured by scholars and gentlemen since ancient times!

Yixing purple sand pot, originated in the Ming dynasty Zhengde period. Yixing purple sand pot is an art piece, it has a beautiful shape and an elegant color. On the other hand, it is also a practical item. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, with the prosperity of porcelain, the Yixing purple sand pot art also had a rapid development.

Zisha teapots are seeing an uptick in auction market prices and are seen as valuable antiques. Masterpieces from renowned artists are often hard to come by. As the saying goes, “Where can treasures of this world compare with Yixing Zisha?” Zisha teapots are a unique handmade ceramic craft originating in China. The raw material used is called zisha clay, which is produced in Dingshu Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, also known as Yixing Zisha teapot.

Since the Ming Dynasty Zhengde years, purple sand has been made into pots, and famous families have emerged for 500 years. It is said that the founder of purple sand pot is Gongchun in the Ming Dynasty. Because of the perfect combination of artistry and practicality, purple sand pot is so precious and unforgettable. What’s more, with the benefits of making tea with purple sand pot, and the culture of tea meditation, it further adds to the elegant charm of purple sand.