One Purple Clay (Zi Sha) Story:

How purple clay was found? Here goes a very nice story... ...

It is said that in ancient times, Dingshu was merely an ordinary village on the lakeshore of Taihu.Villagers went out to farm when the sun rose and went back home when the sun set, making jars and pots out of pottery clay for daily uses at leisure. They led a simple life. One day, however, a wandering monk of unusual appearance came to the village. He shouted over walking, "Rich and noble clay! Rich and noble clay! "The villagers were curious and watched him. The monk, seeing through their hesitation, shouted again, "If not noble, why not rich?" The people were even puzzled, staring at him blankly. The strange monk shouted in a lounder voice and walked on with quicker steps, as if there were no one else present. Some wise old men felt strange and followed him, moving towards Huanglong & Qinglong mountains. Suddenly, the monk disappeared at a corner. The old looked around, catching sight of several newly-dug hollows, in which was clay of various colors. They carried the clay home, pounding and firing, and unexpectedly got a totally different color effect from the past. The villagers imitated them one after another. Thus, the reputable purple-clay came into being.The raw material of purple-clay pottery is really of various colors and called the "clay of clays and rock of rocks". Purple-clay refers generally to the clay of green, red and gray color and is produced at Huanglong Mountain in Dingshu, Yixing, hidden under the yellow rock between the mixed clay mine. Green clay is the mixed grease and red clay is the stone yellow, usually under the tender ore bed.