How to understand purple mud, red mud, green mud, and segment mud in a simple way?
When it comes to mud, many people have come to the theory, but in fact it is not that complicated. Because for us, the perceptual knowledge of the material is the most important as soon as it is started, just like a good jade knows whether it is good or bad when it is started. What origin and component analysis are more direct without "look and feel" and "tactility"
It cannot be said that it is wrong to study the theory, but that there is such a process for the cognition of mud. Everyone who first played with purple clay pots was ignorant of the colorful purple clay, and then gradually learned that there are purple clay, Duan clay, Zhu clay and so on.
Continuing to understand more deeply, you will find that all types of mud are just the derivation and symbiotic mud of the several types of mud that you initially knew. Just because of the difference in the color of the mineral material, the location of the mineral material, and the color of the finished product, different names have been taken. In the end, the craftsmen who are familiar with purple clay, such as making pots, often do not mention complicated names when communicating. They usually call them "this purple clay" or "that vermilion clay" with test pieces or pots.
Let’s talk about some easy-to-understand basic knowledge of mud
Purple mud includes Bottom Clear, Azure Mud, Red Brown Purple Mud, etc. The color is mainly purple-brown, purple-red, and chocolate. Whether it’s good or not, pay attention to the particles of the mud. I personally feel that the correct purple mud, even if it is finely drilled and the needles are better, usually has a grainy feel. This is determined by the characteristics of the purple mud.
Purple clay pots often have black spots (iron), stars and white spots (mica flakes) on the surface of the purple clay pot; especially the new pot is full of sad light and the water color is obvious. It shows that the quality of the mineral material is good and the oil is good, and the pot with these characteristics is more reliable.
Red mud, including big red mud, small red mud, Zhu mud, etc. The color is mainly red, and the color is often neither deep nor brilliant. The texture of red mud is similar to that of purple mud in terms of particle properties. It has a strong sandiness. Good red mud is not as oily as some good purple mud at first, but the color will be brighter after long-term soaking.
Zhuni, whether it is from Zhaozhuang or a small coal kiln, has some common features in good mud. Good mud is active, and the color of tea is good, and the color of the mud will appear oily and red.
This mountain green clay, pear skin color to beige and greenish, with black spots and particles. This kind of green material is very good, and the pure material is very characteristic. One is the color is light and elegant, pale yellow instead of earthy yellow and golden. Second, the material after soaking is more smooth and jade-like than good purple mud, and the texture is very special.
Duan mud, a symbiotic mineral mud, is a natural fusion of purple mud, red mud and green mud. The finished purple clay teapot has a wide range of colors, including golden yellow, bright yellow, earthy yellow, brownish yellow, and natural cyan. The reason why the color is exaggerated is mainly determined by the different forms of symbiosis and the different kiln temperature of firing. The graininess of Duanmu is almost the richest of all purple clay materials, and it is usually slightly harder to soak than purple clay, but it makes tea well.
In short, good ingredients are the foundation of a good pot, and there are many ways and theories. Clay is the body and the shape is the soul. As long as the pot is in place, the material will never be bad. The pots that workers are willing to spend time making must also be exquisite with clay, just like writing and painting seriously, it is the same reason that you don't care about the cost of good rice paper.