The skill of serving and drinking tea, which is often referred to as “Chinese tea ceremony,” plays an extremely important part in Chinese culture. In point of fact, the ceremony of making tea has always had a significant position in both the hearts and minds of Chinese people. Even though the tea itself is the focal point of the ceremony, the manner in which it is consumed remains of the utmost significance. There is a significant demand for Chinese teapots and tea cups, and each component serves a purpose that is unique from the others.
If we are going to talk about Chinese teapots, I believe that the Yixing, which is the traditional Chinese teapot, is the best option for enjoying a really memorable cup of tea. These fascinating collecting pots, which are often referred to as “E-chingi,” may have patterns that are thousands of years old and can be as plain as possible. They exude an air of mystery. People have even said that these teapots are whimsical due to the fact that they are formed like lotus blossoms and that they include Buddhas in addition to pre-Majolica motifs such as vegetables, fruits, or animals.
Different forms may be found for the current Yixing brand of Chinese teapots. The most prevalent forms are those in the shape of chairs, wheelbarrows, and other peculiar designs that never fail to elicit a grin from their recipients.
The unique, red clay that is used to make Yixing teapots can only be found in the Yunnan region of mainland China. This is a fascinating fact to learn about Yixing teapots since it explains its fundamental significance. This Chinese teapot is porous and rapidly absorbs scents, as was previously said. Even without a coating on it. I believe this to be the primary reason why it is recommended that individuals use just one kind of tea in the pot at any one time. However, when some time has passed, the Yixing teapot will begin to take on the personality of your preferred Chinese tea.
I believe that the widespread availability of Yixing Chinese teapots may be attributed to the collectibility of these teapots. However, in order to avoid purchasing badly produced knockoffs of traditional forms or machine-made Chinese teapots, it is very important to conduct business with a dealer who is quite knowledgeable about the products they sell. A well-made Yixing teapot, like any other product, maintains its heat for a longer period of time and pours more smoothly.
Now, if you are thinking of buying a Yixing Chinese teapot, then you should read on for I have mentioned below few qualities that a finely-made Yixing teapot should possess:
1.The cap of the pot must be firm and should not move around easily.
2.The body must not feel grainy.
3.The knob on the cap must be in sync with the rest of the body. It must be ergonomic.
4.It should be able to hold substantial water.
5.The Chinese teapot which is artistic and valuable usually but not always contains enough tea to serve 2 to 3 persons and not masses.
6.When water is poured out of the teapot, it should come out in a beautiful stream.
7.The handle should enable one to handle the teapot firmly.
8.Look for Chinese teapots with net on the mouth to catch unwanted tea leaves.
9.The hardness of the body should be just right.
10.The color should not be dyed.
11.The shape should be flowing and there should not be awkward proportions.
12.The pot should have unusual shapes for it indicate craftsmanship.
13.A good Chinese teapot should be made of purple clay or zhu in clay.
14.The bottom of the teapot must have a name of the artist engraved onto it.
15.Good Chinese teapots tend to have skin that feel brittle. Its walls are thinner than the inferior teapots.
Just note that Yixing Chinese teapots possessing the qualities I have mentioned above can be very expensive, so you may want to experiment first with one of the machine-made ones. If, however, you just want to buy these pots for their aesthetic appeal, then buy what really attracts you.