the clays and the clay making, let's examine how Yixing teapots take shape. As part of this lecture, Teaparker asked the students of the Tea Institute to draw the same Xishi teapot from where they were sitting. This exercise forces them to look at the teapot very carefully and see its details.
The actual making of an Yixing teapot can be seen on this video.
The teapots can then be categorized into 3 big categories:
1. Geometrical shape (mostly round, square, hexagonal...)
2. Petal shapes (pumpkin or flower shaped).
3. Inspired by nature. Let's see a few examples of this style. See the handle of this teapot: it looks like bamboo. And the spout looks like the branch from a tree.
a very similar piece from the 19th century online from the Freer and Sackler Galleries.
zisha teapot, however, starts to shine naturally as I have started testing it.
This zisha teapot dramatizes the handle and the wood attributes.