YiXing Pottery

Started during the Song Dynasty and reaching its peak in the Ming and Qing dynasties, Yixing pottery (purple sand stoneware) designs are imbued with China’s unique culture and character.  Teapots, vases, sculptures and many other items were made with this purple clay and were known for their simple lines, graceful shapes and artistic design elements pulled from nature, calligraphy, and philosophy.  Yixing teapots are unglazed and are known for retaining the taste and flavor of the tea.  At the bottom of each teapot is the maker’s name, whether a master or humble potter.