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The Unique Beauty of Zisha Teapots


The Zisha Teapot

By Angela Ren
Tr. Zhao Yanchun

Any earthly spot he sees from the clouds on high
On high he sees the world vary against the vast sea
The vast sea reflects the divine sign in the sky
The sky overlooks the multitude while sipping tea


Zisha (purple clay) teapots are the best tea service on the earth. Yixing zisha teapots have been used since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), became popular in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1645-1910), and now they are popular all over the world.

True tea connoisseurs are sensitive to every subtle nuance of flavor and aroma tenderly expressed by each leaf. In their pursuit of delicate tastes and texture, the fine instrument of a zisha teapot is indispensable. Zisha teapots are treasured for their ability to enhance the flavor, aroma and texture of tea.

>>The Unique Efficiencies of Zisha Teapots

>>The Moldings of Zisha Teapots

>>Artistic Features of Zisha Teapots

>>Zisha Teapots Usage and Maintenance

Aesthetic Appreciation of Famous Zisha Teapots

Gong Chun Tree Wart Teapot


Gong Chun was born at Zhejiang Yixing in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was said that he made the “Tree Wart Teapot” according to a ginkgo wart which was more than 100 years old. Tree Wart Teapots were named after ginkgo warts. His teapots were vivid and lifelike, so people called them “Gong Chun Teapots”. It is said that the “Tree Wart Teapot” existing in the museum of Chinese history were made by Gong Chun.

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