— ALL OUR CLAY TEAPOTS ARE HANDMADE FROM YIXING PURPLE CLAY OR ZISHA —
Yixing clay is a type of clay from the region near the city of Yixing in Jiangsu Province, China, used in Chinese pottery since the Song dynasty (960–1279) when Yixing clay, first mined around China's Lake Tai. From the 17th century on, Yixing wares regularly shipped to Europe. The finished stoneware, used for teaware and other small items, is usually red or brown in color. Also known as Zisha ware, typically left unglazed, use clays that are very cohesive and can form coils, slabs and most commonly slip casts. The best-known wares made from Yixing clay are Yixing teapots, tea pets, and other teaware. Generations of potters have sculpted Zisha teapots from a unique clay variety in Jiangsu province's Yixing for centuries. Their popularity is based not only for its quality teapots but also for their refined design. Some say that any tea is best made in clay and the best teapots are made from “Purple Clay” (Zisha) from the Yixing (Yee-zhing) area of China.