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ZISHA tea pot

The ancient tea pot made by Zisha clay has been handed down with many mysterious charms which had made many tea drinkers addicted to it.

Using zisha tea pot to prepare tea will keep the original ­avor and color of the tea without the tea being metamorphosed.

The longer it had been used, the brighter colors and the more fragrant the tea gradually become. After using Zisha teapot over a period of time you can pour boiling water and the ­avor will appear even without adding the tea.

Zisha teapots resist to heat well, do not crack when temperature changes, their handles are free from heat, and there are many colours to choose from.

Why zisha clay is so wonderful?

Zisha is a red clay, one of some special minerals found in China. This soil lays deep in many layers on the hillsides, and is often called “rock in the rock". Its major mineral content include: hydromica, kaolin, quartz, mica and iron particles and also includes xilic, manganese, magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. It is a soft natural clay, pure and does not contain any toxic elements which are harmful to human health. Therefore Zisha teapot does not have the dirt ordour, and contains porous that has an insulating e‑ect, keeping the ­avor of tea even when using the tea pot over a long period of time. It is the iron in the soil that creates the di‑erent colours on Zisha teapots. And specially, Zisha teapot is usually baked at the temperature over 1000°C, yet it does not deformed. Therefore, Zisha teapots can be made with very precise and tight covers that help keep the orginal taste of the tea. Zisha teapot covered with high gloss and does not absort water but dry immediately if water has been poured on it, tapping Zisha teapot creates a high pitch sound.

Zisha teapot is not just a product used to make tea but also an unique handcraft collection. It has the value of both everyday use and artistic. Therefore it has always been a favorite by many people. Enjoying Zisha teapot is easy but also requires an art in using, starting from interest, collection of the Zisha teapot and over a period of using it, one would understand and become fond of Zisha teapots.

Understanding the features, chemical composition, water absorption, ventilation found in the soils as well as the usage of Zisha for tea making, creating glossary image, shaping technique, solarity, and the artistic style, are the basic steps to enjoy zisha teapots. The more collection you do, the more you can enjoy and learn about zisha teapots.

By collecting Zisha teapots, you can enjoy and learn about this product, and while using this product you can learn and appreciate the art, the essence and talent of Orient artists.

So far Zisha teapots have been divided into four categories:

• Standard teapots: These are the mass production by many people. The technology used is not high. Production is with massive quantity, however with monotonous shapes and sizes. These handy teapots meet the needs for everyday use but not used for collection nor enjoyment.

• High quality teapots: These are made by good workers. They are made with care, however due to the workers’ limited education technical skills, most of these products simply re­ect the old/ancient designs and are lack of creativeness. Only few workers create new designs.

• Teapots made by famous teapot masters: These are specially made by the best workers who are famous in mastering teapots. They are produced in limited quantity and are always subjects for collection and enjoyment.

• Highly artistic teapots: These are of the top quality, and the targets for enjoyment and collection. These products demonstrate the culture qualities of the artisan making it and the vitality of art that artists put into the products. These are made with sophisticated techniques, often using precious clay materials and having special usage.

There are often 5 criteria in choosing a good Zisha teapot:

1.Clay: High quality clay gives high quality teapots. One should feel the smell inside the teapot: the teapot should give a warm clay smell. If the teapot has a burning smell or smells of paints…, it should not be chosen. The natural color of clay brings the enjoyment in color.

2.Shape and design: The teapot must have a nice appearance with bright color satisfying the taste of art of the buyer.

3.Manufacturing technique/skills: Zisha teapots are often made with strict care and technique. It is a golden rule that the beak and handle of a teapot must be on the same horizontal section with each other, meeting a pre-determined proportion for harmony. The rim must perfectly match its cover.

4.Seal: The seal on a Zisha contains two meanings: one is to identify the maker of the teapot or the one who wrote on the teapot; the other is the dedication or picture for enjoyment. Overall, all decoration and the shape of the teapot itself together re­ect “poem, writing, painting, expression”.

5.Usage: The teapot should have su‑cient capacity with su‑cient height. Its rim must perfectly match its cover. The teapot must allow uninterrupted infusion of tea from its beak. Teapots with narrow and high rim are often used for making red tea, while the ones with large and low rim are used for green tea.

A Zisha teapot which meets all the criteria from color, shape, manufacturing skills to conveying the culture, chisel, poetry, ne arts … shall bring to its collector an intensive knowledge and good taste of art. Zisha teapots are items of arts with high usage function: the art which comes through the use of the teapots.

Maintenance of Zisha teapots:

For new teapots, before using it one should know which teapot is used for which kind of tea: ­avored tea or bitter tea? If possible, each teapot should only be used for a speci‑c type of tea.

Before a new teapot is used, it should be carefully cleaned to clear the clay smell. In addition, the inside and outside of the teapot should be rubbed carefully using a piece of cloth or sandpaper. Thereafter, it should be put in a pan with clean water, which then be heated with low ‑re until it is about to boil. Just when the water is about to boil, add in the tea and continue to heat the pan. When the teapot has been boiled for about 10 minutes, take out the tea leaves and continue to boil for an additional 5 to 10 minutes to take the teapot out of the pan. Remember water must always be full to cover the teapot totally. After having been boiled, take the teapot out and let it dry up in normal room condition. Now the teapot is ready for use.

After each time making tea, all remaining tea in the pot should be removed, and carefully cleaned with water to remove any remaining tea liquid inside. The teapot should be grog before making new tea to ensure hygiene.Teapots should be washed with hand and not with soap or dish wash liquids. Once it is washed, you can rub it with a piece of soft cloth, and then leave the pots in a good ventilated place for natural dry up. Regularly wiping Zisha teapots, especially if rubbing by hands, would make the outside of the teapots shining, and the teapots become close to their users. Zisha teapots absorb the hot steam and aroma of the tea, therefore never leave tea dregs in the teapots after use, as it will cause bad smell and hence damage the teapots.

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