TrueOrDie Yixing Teapots and Antique Chinese Ceramics

-- George Wang, Ph.D.,

Yixing Teapot is Utensil, Art, and Toy or Pet

Drinking tea with a Yixing (Zisha or Purple sand) teapot is fun and joy. You can rub it, enjoy the tea and the beauty of the teapot (and it massages back your hand and mind). The teapot will get prettier as it ages and appreciate in value. But it must be of real Yixing in order to have this "Zisha Appeal".

Yixing Zisha Clay Teapot: Fake vs Authentic (2 min read, >95% claimed Yixing teapots on the internet are FAKE -- Chemical or None-Zisha)

Quick start

  • The most important for the teapot is its clay. Most modern/cheap Yixing teapots use cheap or none Zisha clays with added chemicals (therefore can be TOXIC) to boost their appearances.

  • Read the Q & A , Intro, and Misconceptions. Feel free to join r/YixingClayTeapot/ (where I am a moderator) and ask questions there

  • We try to show you what Old Yixing teapots are. First buy an old commodity teapot (cheap and easy to identify, such as this one) to learn what real Zisha is. Spend at least $100 or $200 for a teapot with a common clay type (Purple clay). See Modern Era Teapots and Clays (1949-1995)

Intro articles

Greatest Masters of All Times

Ming dynasty 1506-1644)

Qing dynasty (1662-1911)

Modern era (Republic and PRC 1915-1996)

Masterpiece of Yixing Clay Teapots

By Years

By Size

By Clay

Yixing Clay Catalogue

By Years

By Clays

Authentic Yixing: real Yixing clay + real craftsmanship (Fully Hand-Made, or Half-Hand-Made)

Fake Yixing (Wrong clays and wrong making methods )