A historical reference ceramics project on yixing teapots

Yixing clay teapot

For these reasons, yixing teawares should never be washed using detergents, but rather with water only, and connoisseurs recommend using each tea vessel for one kind of tea whitegreenoolongblackor puer or sometimes even one variety of tea only.

These unique underglaze decorated wares was made at those exact kilns years earlier! For example, a green style tieguanyin cannot be steeped in a pot that has been used to make golden tip puer, or even a bouquet style Phoenix oolong.

Just something to look out for. Hutian had a great impact on other Jingdezhen kilns which began producing similar quality wares. Chances of most of my blog readers seeing a genuine article of these, though, is unfortunately fairly low.

In time, yet another political situation benefited Jingdezhen. Some designs were initially incorporated into typical kraak panels, a practice that shows how the Jingdezhen decorators adopted new motifs to please their buyers.

Hongwu felt threatened by the wealthy merchants and forcefully moved many of them inland.

Yixing ware

The bowl has a smooth feeling but shows two very small surface chips on the rim. Experts rarely considered the possibility that these different styles were produced contemporaneously.

By now Chinese potters were crafting exquisite blue and white porcelain ware that was as translucent as jade and almost as precious. The arrangement of the saggars in the kiln took into account the heat requirements for the different types of ware.

Yixing clay teapot

For many centuries seafarers had stopped there to offer prayers for a safe voyage and trade for some local fruit before continuing their arduous journey.

The contribution these shipwreck cargoes have made to the dating of ancient ceramics is one of the most important things to have come from their discovery and excavation. For these reasons, yixing teawares should never be washed using detergents, but rather with water only, and connoisseurs recommend using each tea vessel for one kind of tea whitegreenoolongblackor puer or sometimes even one variety of tea only.

After this processing, the resulting clay is then ready to be used. River transport was without doubt long and cumbersome. The use of such a tool to carve words does not denote old age — it is entirely conceivable for somebody to do it now.

With hundreds of thousands of pieces of porcelain transported during most years of the 17th century and many more in the 18th century, the transport of porcelain was another large industry in itself.

Our own research in Jingdezhen, China, " The porcelain center of the world " where all Imperial porcelains were made centuries ago, yielded kiln wasters at the ancient Lianghulian kilns identical to the flower bowls shown below.

Yixing ware

A studious tea connoisseur will only steep one type of tea in a particular pot, so as not to corrupt the flavour that has been absorbed. Another letter from a VOC official on the Coromandel Coast, datedcomplains about the lack of marked pieces delivered by the Chinese:Yixing (Zisha) 'purple clay' pottery (Buccaro) Yixing County, in the southern part of Jiangsu Province, has been the center of Chinese teapot production since the Song Dynasty ().

High quality Yixing clay comes. The appearance of yixing products, such as its colour or texture, can be enriched and altered through the addition of various metal oxides into the yixing clay, through the manipulation of firing temperatures, and also from regulating the kiln atmosphere (oxidative versus reductive).

Yixing Zisha 'Buccaro' purple clay pottery marks These are good for Sheng Pu Erh or for oolong. One teapot for each type of tea. The potters of Yixing Province created an unglazed teapot of brown or red stoneware for seeping tea leaves.

When Dutch importers brought tea to Europe inthe teapot also made the trip. Generally, the price of Yixing teapots are dependent on such factors such as age, clay, artist, style and production methods.

The more expensive pots are shaped by hand using wooden and bamboo tools to manipulate the clay into form, while cheaper Yixing pots are produced by slipcasting. References. Yixing Pottery: The World of Chinese Tea Culture (Arts of China) Apr 1, by Chunfang Pan.

The Beauty of Chinese Yixing Teapots: And the Finer Arts of Tea Drinking Mar 1, by Lim Kean Siew. History; Reference; Refine by Amazon Prime. Eligible for Free Shipping. Free Shipping by Amazon.

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A historical reference ceramics project on yixing teapots
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