It is often said that any tea is best made in clay teapots and the best clay teapots are made from “Purple Clay” (Zisha) from the Yixing area of China.
- 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 (宜興紫砂) ware, typically left unglazed, use clays that are very cohesive and can form coils, slabs and most commonly slip casts.
- The best-known ceramics made from Yixing clay are Yixing teapots, tea cups, 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.