China Porcelain Teapots and Ceramic Teapots.
What differentiates porcelain or ceramic teapots is the fineness of the workmanship. However, both are made of clay and the two processes are virtually identical.
The difference lies in the firing temperature of the clay and the finish of course.
That’s why we have grouped the Porcelain Teapots and the Ceramic Teapots in this same collection.
One of the side pleasures of tea tasting is to choose the accessories according to your sensibility. Utensils such as cups, kettles, tea tins and of course teapots are all part of the pleasure of preparing one’s tea.
The choices are legion, with a dazzling array of shapes, sizes and decorative touches. Sometimes this makes us forget one of the most important decisions to make when choosing a teapot: its function!
How to choose between a Porcelain or Ceramic Teapot?
1) Ceramic teapot.
Terracotta teapots are generally less refined than porcelain, but are no less beautiful. They can offer a refinement in the precision of the patterns that compose it.
Ceramic is less fragile and often has a thicker pot. This gives the ceramic its natural heat retention properties and low porosity. Moreover, they infuse the leaves quickly. We suggest using a timer for the first pot or two, then adjusting your brewing time to suit your taste.
A ceramic teapot, for one type of tea.
Check whether the inside of your ceramic teapot is glazed or not, as this will change the way you use it. If it is varnished, you can alternate all types of tea as you wish. If it is not varnished like the Yixing teapots, stick to one type of tea to avoid an unfortunate mix of flavors.
How to choose your ceramic teapot?
Look at the spout of the teapot. If it narrows slightly at the end, it will give a better flow and a more refined service. Opening the spout too wide is not pleasant and will be messier when serving tea.
Ceramic teapots were usually fired in open pits. This is why their firing temperature differs from porcelain. Their manufacturing temperature is significantly lower. They were for everyday use and appeared 11,000 years ago in Asia and the Middle East.
2) Porcelain teapot.
Porcelain teapots are mostly glazed on the inside and outside. Again, unglazed interiors indicate that a teapot should be dedicated to one type of tea and glazed interiors can be used for a variety of tea types.
Stains are hard to accept, and although washing with soap will rid the teapot of any stains, most connoisseurs feel that soap is anathema to fine teapots. It is best to rinse thoroughly with water, wipe with a clean damp sponge and leave the stains alone.
The heavier a porcelain teapot is, the easier it is to keep tea hot for longer. Brew in the teapot and decant or brew in another container and pour the decanted tea into the decorative teapot.
History of the fine porcelain teapot.
Perhaps no type of teapot is finer than China Blue White porcelain. For most tea lovers, when one thinks of “Fine Porcelain”, it is a white-blue teapot that comes to mind.
White clay pots first appeared in Jingdezhen and the best ones were known as Qingbai or Yingqing (light bluish white).
The origin of the celadon green porcelain,
Then came the Quingei (made in Longquan) which appeared during the 7ᵉ century and used wood ash and iron in clay. The cooking was done in an oxygen-poor atmosphere. In English, Quingei became celadon, the name given to green porcelain in general. Korea, Thailand, Japan and China still make pots with this greenish-gray glaze.
The birth of Ming porcelain.
First developed in the Yuan Dynasty in the 12ᵉ and 13ᵉ centuries. Its glass-like glaze was perfected by the Yuan potters of the Ming Dynasty in the 13ᵉ and 14ᵉ century and brought it to a higher level of perfection.
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