Yixing Clay Teapot by Master Lu WeiFang (HuiFang), 55 yrs old.
Archaeological excavations reveal that as early as the Song dynasty (10th century) potters near Yixing were using local “zisha” (紫砂 or 紫泥 ; literally, “purple sand/clay”) to make utensils that may have functioned as teapots.
According to the Ming dynasty author Zhou Gaoqi, during the reign of the Zhengde Emperor, a monk from Jinsha Temple (Golden Sand Temple) in Yixing handcrafted a fine quality teapot from local clay.
Such teapots soon became popular with the scholarly class, and the fame of Yixing teapots began to spread.
Yixing tea pots can now be worth more than their weight in gold. As other teaware trends come and go, Yixing has remained solidly admired for hundreds of years, gaining an official place in tea ceremonies across China.
Yixing clay teapots, also known as Purple Sand, are made from Yixing clay produced near Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.
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