Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots
Ru Yao teapots

Ru Yao teapots

Thee van Sander
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These are really small. But beautifully made. Also called ‘Ru ware’. The contents are based on water alone, a little less will fit in with tea.

The material does not absorb odor and taste like Yixing clay. You can use it for any type of tea provided it fits :). Fine tea is also not recommended since there is no strainer on the inside.

Ru refers to Ruzhou in Henan Province, the place where this pottery was first made at the time of the Song Dynasty. When the Song dynasty ended in 1279, the place where all the kilns stood "Ru kiln" (kiln is a kiln in which pottery is baked) was destroyed along with the knowledge of how to make Ru Yao.

Men were not able to repeat the process until 1959 after much research. From the Song dynasty, fewer than 100 examples remain.

The color and style is often described as "Celadon" and is a combination of gray and green, like Jade. The glaze used contains a small amount of iron oxide which, when fired in a low oxygen environment, provides the blue/green color.

Ru Yao is known for its "craquelé," the phenomenon of small cracks on the outside. Traditionally, Ru Yao is uniform and these cracks did not appear until later after use, nowadays and as in the case of these teapots, an attempt is already made to create these cracks on purpose during firing. It is done by firing the material at a certain temperature.

Eventually, the cracks take on a nice dark color, especially if you pour some tea over the pot every now and then when making tea!

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