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How to shop for a yixing teapot

How to shop for a yixing teapot

A Yixing teapot is the perfect accessory for a person who is passionate about tea and its rich culture. Crafted in Yixing, China from an indigenous clay, these teapots are prized for their ability to retain hot water and gradually absorb the essence of brewed teas over time. Here are some suggestions for shopping for a Yixing teapot.

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      Familiarize yourself with the common characteristics of the Yixing teapot. Most are small (sized for an individual), and none are glazed. Glaze on a Yixing teapot would hinder its ability to absorb tea essences and become "seasoned". The three common colors are dark red, beige, and purple-brown, however other hues can be achieved by mixing different calibers of Yixing clay.

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      Try to find a potter in your local area, or look up the ceramics instructor at your local university. Tea and pottery culture go hand in hand throughout China, and many potters in America share this affection. Ask them about Yixing teapots, and they'll most likely give you a rundown of characteristics, and point you in the direction of where to buy.

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      Personalize the experience. Yixing teapots come in a variety of shapes and designs. They can even be found in the shape of different animals. Find the Yixing teapot that best represents yourself and your personal tastes. Online retailers sometimes have hundreds of designs in their catalogs.

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      Consider purchasing a Yixing teapot for each of your favorite teas, if your wallet allows. Many Yixing lovers will have a set of teapots to maintain the purity of each pot's seasoning.

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      Visit your local bookstore to find a book about Yixing teapots and Chinese tea culture. This can make you a wiser consumer, and provide a wealth of background info about a tea phenomenon that dates back centuries.

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