Brief introduction: navy graphite mud is a traditional mud widely known during the late Ming and early Qing period. It is less exploited in recent years, so made-up articles from graphite mud are extremely rare in our daily life;It is with the color of deep violet and grey and with a special touch because of its grains-covered surface. Players would like to call it “shark skin” for it is the superior pug which is difficult to find.
Pug property: this kind of pug is loose and is very high in iron content and tension. It is difficult to deform, collapse, but is in lack of tackiness.
Difficulty: iron oxide melting point easily appears. It is with a lot of lime and many holes caused by disappearing sands, impurities which need to be carefully chosen; the temperature of kilning is particularly high.
Characteristic: It is with obvious double pore structure, and with unhindered cross-ventilation. It is simple, quaint, and ancient which shows us a flavor of red porcelain material in Ming Dynasty. The sand is heavy but not gross. The color is purple and grey. Its style is like a strong man, heavy and solid. It is easy to identify.
The characters when used for tea making: under the icy appearance, it contains a fiery heart. It is zealous and bold, mellow and thick, sweet and warm, lucid and lively when we make tea. It is the hero of all the pots!