Hello, On a recent visit to a friend in China, I purchased a xishi-shaped teapot that I love but sadly don't know very much about due to the limited English from the teahouse. They did say it was good clay and I was able to taste some tea in a similar pot at the time. I also received 4 other Yixing pots as gifts from an uncle which was very generous. I believe they are all modern and semi-handmade. Would you be able to help me identify the clay used, what tea would be best to brew in them and what the marks mean?
Most are too big for solo brewing (except for one 90ml) but I would still love to use them for guests or group tastings in my home if possible. I like to drink sheng puer, red tea, and medium to heavily roasted oolongs. Sorry this is a long post! Any help and advice given would be really appreciated!
The first 3 teapots look like good yixing clay. The 4th one is questionable and may not be real yixing. The 5th one is for sure not real yixing and is not natural colour, hence, not for making tea, just for decoration.
The 1stt and 2nd one are good for making red tea, light fermentation oolong, and younger sheng pu-erh. The 3rd is good for roasted oolong.
The marks are not important, as they are not handmade and made by real artists. The most important is the quality of the clay.