Premium Purple Zisha Clay Factory 1 Plum Blossom Baochun teapot by Master Shen from the 1990s. With a capacity of 260cc, this zisha teapot is made with one of the most renowned materials namely the ultra rare form of Yixing purple zisha which is a kind of hydromica-quartz-kaolinite clay found only in that region. Containing many essential minerals such as iron to help the clay keep the water hot to allow a deeper infusion of tea leaves, the other minerals and quartz result in a double pored surface with microscopic holes after high temperature firing which helps the teapot to adapt to changes in water temperature and let the tea “breathe” allowing its fragrance and flavour to be released.
Factory One teapots are distinguished by their exquisite craftsmanship and the use of Yixing's famed purple clay, also known as zisha clay, a material revered for its ability to retain heat and enhance the flavors of tea brewed within. Skilled artisans meticulously produce these teapots, incorporating intricate designs, elegant handles, and well-balanced proportions. They continue to be cherished for their historical significance and simple, understated beauty. Today, these iconic teapots remain highly esteemed by collectors and tea enthusiasts worldwide, embodying the essence of Chinese tea culture and the enduring legacy of Yixing's pottery craftsmanship.
Early Yixing Factory 1 pots may inevitably have minor flaws that make them not entirely perfect and smooth. So for those looking for completely perfect teapots might have to consider carefully before purchasing.