||Insights to the World of Chinese Tea
Series of 6 books presenting different aspects of Chinese tea culture.
The purpose of the series is introducing Chinese tea culture in its entirety to the non-Chinese audience, each book focusing on subjects that are integral part of tea culture, without which Chinese tea culture wouldn't be what it is.
1, Yixing Tea Pots.
Explanation and background on the star of all Chinese tea table, the small clay teapot from Yixing.
These pots are highly sought after collector items in Asia, and indispensable tools for tea brewing. While the subject is presented strictly in relation to tea drinking, the book is equally useful for readers interested in pottery and ceramic art.
(This book is completely finished, even the illustration and the lay out. I have received a review from a gentleman in China who was previously working for the Yixing Cultural Committee. Now he is working for the Zhuhai TV. )
and brought up in Dingshu Town of Yixing, I am very much amazed by Nur
Suraya, the author of this book, who has such a deep understanding of
Yixing tea pots. Her insights of the Yixing tea pots as a functional art
form provide readers with not only useful practical knowledge of Yixing
tea pots but with beneficial cultural and philosophical dimensions as
well. It can be a very useful hand book for novices of Yixing teapot
collecting as it covers complete processes of tea pot making, tea brewing
and teapot collecting.
Personally, I am more
interested in the significant role this book plays in the prospect of
bringing about more cultural exchanges between Westerners and the Chinese.
I believe that Yixing tea pots are becoming a common platform for art
appreciation, where Westerners and the Chinese enjoy and meditate upon the
same object with possibly different cultural preferences. I assume that
Westerners, brought up in a certain religion, occasionally need an escape
from the journey to their subconscious and stressful final destination.
Collecting Yixing tea pots can provide such an escape. Whereas, the
Chinese, especially those intellectuals, brought up in an earthly world
with almost no care for religion, might find from the artistic Yixing tea
2, Tea and Lifestyle.