Tea Vessels used for Release Tea Method - Record of Method & Using Vessels in Classic of Tea (Tea Sutra)

Tang Dynasty, was regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization. As territory,, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, ,became the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. Tang also exerted a powerful cultural influences and economic trades and communications over neighboring slates such as those in Japan,and some Southeast Asian Nations on the east. The lucrative trade of Routes-Silk Road started from Chang'an city to the the Republic of Turkey and the Western European nations through the nations along the coast of Mediterranean.

The enormous Grand Canal of China, built during the previous-Sui Dynasty, facilitated the rise of new urban settlements along its route as well as increased trade mainland Chinese markets.

Because of the developed economy and peace of country which also promoted the development of handcraft, especially in ceramic industry in this prosperous dynasty. Tang potters thieved their greatest technical innovations and artistic refinements no matter in southern or in northern. They invented porcelain, underglaze painted decor, phosphoric glazes, perfect high-fired celadon, and experimented with cobalt blue glares.

During the Tang Dynasty, tea production was so flourishing that became synonymous with sophisticated everything in society. The officials saw the huge benights among the market, started to impose tea tax. Due to the record in General Geography of Book in Tang, ShouChun, Lujiang. Fengyang handed in 300,000 jin and a certain tax to court that could not be used up.

The Classic of Tea written by Lu Yu described the tea-drinking life in AD762-779, Emperor Daizong in Tang Dynasty and later period before the mid-Tang Dynasty,

The tea-boiling procedures included the five steps as follow: put water into pot, fish out a cup of water after it bubbled on the fire,used bamboo chopsticks stirred the hot water for equality. Then released the measured tea into hot water,stirred again slowly,poll the last cup of hot water into pot after the foam of tea was seethed. After these, you could get pot down from the fire furnace, pulled the tea into cups and shared. This is what we called "release tea".

Four implements which in The Classic of Tea generalized: boil vessels, draft furnace, lu, carbon vessels, fire sticks, fit. Grind vessels such as nip, paper bag, grinder Conservater such as luohe, ze, shuifang, piao, jiegui, shuyu, bo, jiriie, dulan. Drinking vessels was bowl. Using tea vessel was bamboo chopsticks. Clean vessels such as lushuinang, zha, difang, zifang, jin etc, 24 pieces of all. There is exact treatise size, materials, shapes of every piece. Some of them are not the tea vessel anymore.

1. Draft furnace,furnace vessel as same as moder use;
2. Lu, a bamboo container used for fixing carbon;
3. Carbon vessels, used for beating charcoal;
4. Fire sticks, using for nipping the charcoal into furnace;
5. Fu, pan or canteen we use today, there are a cushion under the pan for heat insulation;
6. Nip, used for turning around the fire tea;
7.Paper bag, used for setting tea-cake;
8. Grind, the vessel used for dust of tea;
9. Luohe, luo is a filter, he is a box, tea can be put in it. They were pair;
10. Ze, measuring tea spoon;
11. Shuifang, water container;
12. Lusfauinang, filter water bag, using percolating the impurity of water before bailing;
13. Piao, water container;
14. Zhumjia, bamboo chopsticks, stir the foam of tea and soup;
15. Jiegui, salt jar, jie is salt spoon;
16. Shuyu, basin used for put hot water when it became cold;
17. Bowl, tea-drinking;
18. Bo, container bowls could be put in;
19. Zha, brush used for cleaning teaware;
20. Difeog,sewage container;
21. Zifang, dreg container;
22. Jin, tea towel;
23. Julie, tea table or teapoy;
24. Dulan, container for putting the teawares;
About the tea bowl, it also enumerated seven famous kilns.