Purple clay teapots attract crowds in Nantong
An exhibition featuring purple clay teapots and traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy works opened at the Geyi Art Gallery in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province, on Nov 5. It will run until Nov 15.
The 50 teapots on display were created by master craftsman Di Ximing, with painting and calligraphy works by Shi Zuoxiong carved into each item.
The purple clay is produced in Yixing, Jiangsu province. It first started being used to make teapots during the reign of Emperor Zhengde (1505-1521) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Teapots made from purple clay are thought to better maintain the original color, fragrance and taste of tea. The practicality and aesthetic value of the teapots have made them must-have items for collectors.
Purple clay teapots on display at the Geyi Art Gallery in Nantong [Photo/ntfabu.com]
A visitor takes photos of paintings on display at the exhibition, Nov 5. [Photo/ntfabu.com]