Yixing Zisha teapot is an alternative name for premium Chinese clay teapot. It is considered to be the ultimate teapot for brewing premium loose leaf teas. High end Yixing teapots have also profound collection value for pottery lovers.
Chinese Terra-cotta Teapot, Purple Sand Teapot, Yi Xing teapot, ZiSha teapot
YiXing: an area in east China
Zisha: a special clay produced in the YiXing area, translated as purple sand in English.
The un-glazed clay teapot made of Yixing ZiSha is considered to be the premium vessel for brewing premium teas. Yixing clay teapot has had a production history in China for more than 1000 years. Their unique characteristics that separates them from the rest is the ZiSha clay, when fired, leaves small cavities embedded in the clay to allow the teas to ‘breathe through’. This turns the tea brewing into a live process to avoid a ‘sealed stew’, which is critical to produce a refreshing cup of premium tea.
ZiSha teapot making has advanced into an art of its own in China, to the extent that there are ZiSha teapot artists graded according to their expertise, certificates awarded for individual teapots and samples filed to document the clay used for certain teapots. An example of this is that a teapot made by the historical ZiSha artist Gu-Jing-Zhou (顧景舟) was auctioned for a price more expensive than gold if calculated gram to gram.
ZiSha teapot’s unglazed surfaces absorb traces of the content used in the teapot and store them in the teapot wall.
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