Zi Sha Tea Pots - Styles, clays, sizes
One key aspect of zi sha is its natural, uncomplicated appearance, which is very much in contrast to some of the fine porcelain tea pots and tea sets that are often elaborately painted. Such an appearance reflects the purity and admiration of nature that cha dao prescribes. Such reflections can be seen in the popularity of tea pots made to resemble bamboo, trees, insects, flowers and other aspects of nature. Simplicity is a corner stone in Yi Xing tea pot production. You will find that most tea pots are undecorated and follow simple lines, though that is not to say that they are of all the same style. Tea pots allow both the artist and the collector to express themselves, to capture history and combine a range of arts. You will find many tea pots engraved or painted with simple slip (liquid clay) designs and calligraphy. The range and diversity of styles is tremendous and innovation abounds. Each generation of master potters keen to add their mark to this wonderful aspect of practical and artistic pottery.
- Shi piao hu
- Long dan hu - dragon egg
- Li xing - pear shaped
- Xi shi hu - taken from a Tang dynasty story about a beautiful women.
- Ban yue hu - half moon tea pot
- Fang gu hu - ancient copy tea pot
- Yu Ru - Jade breast
More examples are given in our Tea Pot Gallery.
A guide to the range and types of internal filters used in Zi Sha pot spouts is given in our Tea Pot Spout Filter Gallery. The icons are used throughout the Wan Ling Tea House online shop for your convenience.
- Duan Ni (light clay, ranges from white through to light brown / orange)
- Ping Zi Ni (original mixed dark clay)
- Zhu Sha (red sand/clay)
- Qing Shui ni (clear water clay)
Some artists use mixed Zi Sha types. Such an approach can create some impressive teapots, with complex patterns and ranges of colour.
Wan Ling Tea House now has a complete section dedicated to the YiXing ZhiSha Clay Types.
Within China many regions, ethnic groups tend to have preferences to what size is suitable for their requirements and the tea being drank. Tea being prepared in Gong Fu style will often use tea pots that are between 100cc and 300cc, with the large tea pots being used for red, black and pu er teas. Larger still tea pots are preferred by many in Zhejiang, Shanghai and Northern parts of China to prepare green and flower tea such as Jasmine.