We will accompany you in Yixing and Jingdezhen ceramic districts, through their history, the most famous pieces, and their structure; we will bring you the words of the artisans, together with the classic books, studying clays and brews, and it will feel like we will be touched by the heat of the kilns, and we will hear the sound of the water on the artists' brushes.
The ceramics of Jingdezhen,in the Jiangxi Province, China,originate in the ancient Han dynasty (202-220 B.C.), and it is stunning to think that during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.C.), twelve centuries ago, those artisans had already reached the utmost excellence. The district was named Jingdezhen as an imperial honour granted to the city of Changnan by the Emperor Song Huizong, that belonged to the Song Dynasty (960-1272) and was also a famous painter, after having received the famous blue and white porcelains. These same pieces are considered among the world masterpieces of pottery, and even nowadays it is almost impossible to match their technique. Today Jingdezhen is one of the best places where to produce ceramics, due to the great quality and variety of masters, techniques, heritage, structures and artists. The teaware produced here is the best you can find for your tea, and we are sure that on your tea-table there are some among your beloved ones.
Yixing ceramics reached the imperial court at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and since then started a creative growth that through the centuries challenged the artists in the research of new shapes and deeper meanings for their ceramics. Every piece is based on the "Purple Clay", Zisha in Chinese: it is a porous clay, that absorbs the tea oils over brews, years and generation, thus adding this archive of treasures to the taste of the tea you are brewing.
Teas included in the package:
Pu'er shengpu 2017, Nannuo Mountain, in Maocha
Yueguangbai 2018, White Tea, from a pressed cake
Dianhong 2019, Red Tea, loose-leaf
Qimen Gongfu 2019, Red Tea, loose-leaf
Note: the teas here-above, although described during the class, are not necessary to follow the lesson, but we like to think you'll brew them thinking about the artisans who made your ceramics. We ship through TNT Express in 1-2 days, free of charge in Italy and China; for other countries please see the checkout.