China Tea Wares
|Tea wares consist mainly of teapots, |
cups, tea bowls and trays etc
Tea wares consist of ovens, tea rollers, teapots, cups, bowls, and trays and so on. Nowadays with the development of its procedure, we can make a cup of tea with a single porcelain cup. In the following passage, we will focus on the most essential teapot and scups.
The custom of drinking tea propelled the development of the porcelain industry. Tang scholars preferred green porcelain from Shaoxing , Zhejiang province. This kind of green porcelain was like crystal or jade with elegant design and exquisite decoration. Since the true color of tea was set off beautifully in this dainty cup (ou in Chinese), it was number one in Lu Yu's Tea Classics. As to function, the size and design of the cup best suited to the tea drinking habit of that time allowed for cooking tea powder with green onion, ginger, dates, tangerine peels and peppermint, then drinking the whole liquor-like soup.
In the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, tea was made by pouring boiled water onto its loose leaves. The liquor turned yellowish white, so snow-white cups replaced the black-glazed one of the Song Dynasty. In the middle of the Ming, with the advent of purple clay tea ware, focus was not limited to the color contrast of tea liquor and wares, but switched to its fragrance and taste. The production of various teapots came to its pinnacle.
Tea wares made for the royal family in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, shone brilliantly among numerous tea wares. New designs of teapots and cups increased with the development of tea types.
Video of Making a Purple Sand Teapot
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