An Introduction to the Most Popular Chinese Teapots
Gong Fu Cha is Chinese tea making at its finest. There is an admired skill, process, and cultural element involved in properly making and serving tea, and the pieces used in the process are all part of what makes it so fantastic.
One of the most significant parts of making Chinese tea is the teapot. Depending on which type of teapot used, the tea may take on marginally various flavors and aromas.
There are many diverse kinds of popular Chinese teapots. Some of the most popular are Yixing clay, porcelain, and wood or bamboo. What's more, there are some elements of design and decoration that make a teapot beautiful. Some of these design elements use enamel or lacquer.
Chinese tea brewing enthusiasts believe that the tea set you choose to use affects the flavor, aroma, and ultimate quality of the tea that is served from the pot. Teapots made from various materials receive their own unique uses.
The following is an introduction to what each type of Chinese teapot has to offer in the Chinese art of tea making.
Yixing Clay Teapots
The earliest Chinese tea sets were made from clay. These clay pottery teapots are thought to be the best material for brewing tea. Among pottery options in teapots, Yixing clay is considered to remain the most suitable choice.
Yixing clay is also called purple clay because of the hues in items crafted from it. It obtains its name Yixing from the city where it is produced in the Jiangsu Province.
What makes it unique is that Yixing clay teapots absorb the flavor of the tea that is brewed inside. The clay has the ability to store and release the fragrance of the tea. After it is operated several times, the pot itself begins to actually flavor boiled water without indeed adding any tea leaves.
Because of this, this teapot made from fine clay and is only used for one type of tea. Some choose to only brew certain kinds of tea in their Yixing clay teapot. While some have several separate Yixing pots to brew each unique type of tea.
A well-crafted Yixing teapot made from authentic materials is highly valued in Chinese tea making and collectors alike.
The most commonly used type of teapot for Chinese tea brewing is porcelain. Porcelain is referred to by the Chinese as high-fired ware since it fires at an extraordinarily high temperature of more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is appreciated to possess a paste-like quality and requires skill to craft. Porcelain began in China centuries ago beginning with the Shang dynasty’s proto-porcelain wares. These gradually developed into the porcelain we know today.
The most standard types of porcelain include white, black, celadon, rice-pattern decorated and painted porcelain sets. Porcelain teapots originated in China and have been used for thousands of years by Chinese tea drinkers.
One of the most delightful things about porcelain, besides its beauty and fine feel in your hands, is that it is easy to thoroughly wash and clean between steeping hot pot fulls of tea making brews. Like the Yixing teapots, porcelain remains a favorite among collectors. Some of the most beautiful porcelain teapots are white with artistic blue glaze intricate designs.
Wood or Bamboo Teapots
Since wood and bamboo were readily available and easy to shape into a pot, this material was frequently used by impoverished people. It provides an inexpensive wholesome way to brew tea.
Besides their practical and economical benefits, the wood or bamboo does not pollute the flavor of the tea. Teapots made out of wood or bamboo are historically and generally considered to remain the least expensive types of Chinese teapots. But, don’t allow that dissuade you from choosing to obtain one.
A few have some meticulous beautiful craftsmanship designs that are highly collectible.
Enamel and Lacquer
While a teapot could be made out of enamel, lacquer or enamel are also used to ornate. Another part of Chinese teaware is the beauty of their designs.
Some teapots include lacquer, which is a special liquid paint used to make it shine. Lacquer has been used since the Chinese Qing Dynasty. The lacquer makes them resistant to damage to high temperatures or the acid corrosion from the tea, and they are offering a way to express creativity and artistic talent in the hand-painted designs.
Enamel represents another way to express aesthetic beauty on a teapot. Enamel teapots are smooth, durable, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean.
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