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Beautiful and Functional Yixing Teapots
                                      China's Yixing earthenware teapots have been in use since
                                      the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644, and are still produced
                                      today.  The original Yixing teapots are made with a porous
                                      purple clay called zisha.

                                      Colored ore pigments found in zisha clay come in a range
                                      of naturally colored earthtone shades, ranging from a terra
                                      cotta red and purple-brown, to black, white, ochre, and
                                      teal.

The most sought after color is dark brown, but the most common color found is
terra-cotta red.  Some pots are painted, but to tell the true color just look inside, as
true Yixing teapots are unglazed inside.

Machine-made Yixing teapots start in price at $10 to $15 for mass-produced basic
machine made pots, up to $35 to $60 for a pot with a little more style and design.

Hand-made Yixing teapots from lesser known artists start at around $60 to $80.  
Teapots made by popular, well known artists, known as "national treasure" artists
start at around $150 and can go up to $1,000 or more depending on the artists fame
and popularity.  These collector's pots from both less or well known artists should
have chop marks on both the bottom of the teapot and lid, identifying the artist.  This
is also one way to authenticate that it's a true handmade Yixing teapot.

I hope you enjoy browsing through the selection of Yixing teapots I've assembled for
you.  Happy shopping!
These are collectible Yixing teapots made by award winning "national treasure"
artist Zhang Wen-Lan.  They come with certificates of authenticity and chop marks
of artist.  They're functional teapots, but more importantly beautiful pieces of art
that will last a lifetime and beyond with the proper care.  
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                       Also visit Adagio teas for a nice selection of affordable, stylish Yixing teapots,    
                       as well as fine teas and accessories.