Teaparker's latest book is about tea pots and the pleasure they bring to our life. This is his second book published by the Artist Publishing Co (He published many other books with other publishers, but most only had black and white pictures). Like his previous book, Cha Xi, Cha Hu is illustrated with numerous color pictures of teapots. The book tries to give an overview of all kinds of Chinese teapots. The structure of the book is quite original and underlines the role of the teapot: making tea.
Part 1: The pleasure of a treasured pot Chapter 1: Happiness of a teapot Chapter 2: Shape of a teapot Chapter 3: Material of a teapot Chapter 4: Decoration of a teapot Chapter 5: Size of a teapot Chapter 6: Color of a glazed teapot
Part 2: The Interaction between tea and teapot Chapter 7: Green tea and silver teapots Chapter 8: White tea and glass Chapter 9: Yellow tea and (white) porcelain ware Chapter 10: Qing (Oolong) tea and zisha pots Chapter 11: Red tea and painted porcelain ware Chapter 12: Black tea and pottery
(The translation of the summary is very approximate and mine only).
When Teaparker told me he was writing a book about the history of Chinese teapots, I thought it would be chronological and each chapter dedicated to a different type of teapot. This would have been a good academic description for teapot lovers. But I see now that his book makes even more sense, because it looks at teapots from the perspective of tea. In the first part, Teaparker examines the impact of various characteristics of a teapot on tea. And in the second part, he suggests the appropriate pairing of teapot and tea, classified by color.
This doesn't mean that the teapot is just a tool for the tea lover. On the contrary, the love for teapot can be even greater with the understanding of how their lines, clay, beauty all help make our tea even better.
The book (written in Chinese) counts 175 pages and weighs 500 grams approximately. It costs 10 USD (7 Euros) for those who want to order it from me.
I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.