Yixing Clay Teapot
Drinking tea with Zisha (Purple sand, Yixing clay) teapot is fun and joy. You can rub it, enjoy the tea and the beauty of the teapot (like your pet). The teapot will get prettier and appreciate in value. But it must be of real Zisha (most Yixing teapots on the internet are FAKE ones).
The most important for the teapot is its clay. Most modern/cheap Yixing teapots use cheap or none Zisha clays with added chemicals to boost their appearances.
We try to show you what Old Yixing teapots are. First buy an old commodity teapot (cheap and easy to identify, such as this one) to learn what real Zisha is.
Feel free to join r/YixingClayTeapot/ where I am a moderator and ask questions there
Introduction to Yixing Zisha Clay Teapot (Avoid bright-colored Yixing teapots. I only use old ones)
Yixing Clays and Old Teapots: there are two legendary Zisha clays of Yixing: TianQing clay and Black Dotted clay 清代原矿黑星土紫砂壶. I have found 3 teapots so far for each. The rest are all fakes (unless confirmed otherwise. I am sure there are more authentic ones and we have to judge on a case by case basis).
Greatest Masters of All Times
SHI Dabin 时大彬 （Wanli reign of the Ming dynasty 1570-1662）
CHEN Mingyuan 陈鸣远 （Kangxi reign of the Qing dynasty 1662-1722)
YANG Jichu 杨季初 （Yongzheng and Qianlong reign of the Qing dynasty 1723-1795）
YANG Pengnian 杨彭年 （Jiaqing and Daoguang reign of the Qing dynasty 1796-1850)
SHAO Daheng 邵大亨 （Daoguang and Xinfeng reign of the Qing dynasty 1821-1861)
GU Jingzhou 顾景舟 （1915-1996）