Since starting to study tea and teapots in 1993 while living in Taiwan, Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam has invested an immense amount of time and effort in exploring and obtaining more knowledge about hundreds of distinguished varieties of tea and tea ceremonies. She has passionately collected more than 1000 Yixing teapots and cups for over 30 years, creating a collection with unique and high-class artistic value named “Tam Tra Dieu Bao”.
The precious clay material of Yixing teapots will accelerate the tea flavor and emphasize the noble art of tea brewing
For Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam, Yixing teapots are no longer only common tea brewing tools, they are treasured artifacts with a wealth of unsolved riddles from historical and cultural tales
Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam has devoted half of her life to visiting various tea estates in Vietnam and other countries to discover and gather a range of unique teas. She thoroughly understands the variations in harvesting expertise and tea processing of each variety of tea in every location in order to create the best tasting, healthiest tea possible.
“TAM TRA DIEU BAO” COLLECTION – THE “30-YEAR JOURNEY OF LOVING TEA AND TEAPOTS” ACHIEVEMENT
Mrs. Ngo Thi Thanh Tam has spent over 30 years meticulously selecting and collecting every single artifact in the “Tam Tra Dieu Bao” collection. The collection includes 1000 teapots and mugs with several seductive designs, different hues, and painstaking decorative details that are meticulously manufactured of several rare clay varieties of the Yixing village, such as Zi sha, Zhu sha, Duan ni, and others.
Yixing teapots are famous for their capacity to absorb trace amounts of brewed tea tastes and minerals into the teapot with each brewing. These accumulate over time, giving each Yixing teapot its own distinct internal coating that flavors and colors future brewings.
Each Yixing teapot was meticulously handcrafted in shape, pattern, and design
Mrs. Ngo Thi Thanh Tam handpicks the objects in the “Tam Tra Dieu Bao” collection, which dates from the Qing Dynasty to the current day. The collection is not only immense in size, but it also has remarkable artistic value.
Mrs. Ngo Thi Thanh Tam also gathered Yixing teapots from many countries through huge auctions, which are included in the collection. Because of their tremendous monetary value, not everyone has access to these treasures.
The collection contains teapots and cups from the Qing Dynasty to the present. These are cultural heritages, aesthetic emblems for each dynasty, and exhibit the art qualities of many historical eras.
Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam expressed her love of tea and teapots in the “Tra Duyen-Tam Tra Dieu Bao” book, edited by her daughter Rystal Su Wan Lin, with the intention of sharing the fateful connection between her life and tea and teapots, as well as the desire to develop and promote Vietnamese tea brands to the world.
WORLD’S LARGEST YIXING TEAPOTS COLLECTION WAS RECOGNIZED BY TWO WORLD RECORD ORGANIZATIONS
Following a lengthy working and appraisal procedure, the World Records Union (WorldKings) and World Record Association (WRA) have officially given the World Record certifications to Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam’s Yixing teapot sets collection.
Representatives of the Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) attended the record-setting event on May 28th 2023 in Ho Chi Minh City, under the authorization of WorldKings, including: Dr,Lawyer Nguyen Van Vien (second from the right) – Director of the Vietnam Intellectual Property Institute Research, Vice – Chairman of the Vietnam Record Association; Mr.Tran Hoang (second from the left) – Chairman of the Vietnam Marketing Association, Standing Committee of the Vietnam Record-Setting Council; Mrs.Nguyen Thi Quynh Ngoc (leftmost) – General Secretary of the Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) and Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Huyen (rightmost) – Deputy Head of International Division of Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings)
Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam set world record from World Records Union (WorldKings) for possessing “Tam Tra Dieu Bao” – The World’s largest collection of Yixing teapot sets in many ages.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Quynh Ngoc – General Secretary of the Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) announced the World Record Awarding Decisions from WorldKings and WRA
Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Huyen – Deputy Head of International Relation Division of Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) announced the Authorization Letter from World Records Union (WorldKings)
Lawyer Nguyen Van Vien – Director of the Vietnam Intellectual Property Institute Research, Vice – Chairman of the Vietnam Record Association; Mrs. Nguyen Thi Quynh Ngoc – General Secretary of the Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) awarded the WorldKings certificate, trophy and medal to Mrs. Ngo Thi Thanh Tam
Simultaneously, World Record Association (WRA) has officially granted the world record certificate to Mrs.Ngo Thi Thanh Tam with the content “The owner of “ Tam Tra Dieu Bao” – The world’s largest collection of Yixing teapot sets in many ages”
Mr.Tran Hoang – Chairman of Vietnam Marketing Association, Standing Committee of Vietnam Record-Setting Council awarded the world record certificate of World Record Association (WRA) to Mrs. Ngo Thi Thanh Tam
Yixing clay teapots, also known as purple clay teapots, are fashioned entirely of clay found in the Yixing region of the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. During the reign of the Zhengde Emperor, a monk from Jinsha Temple (Golden Sand Temple) in Yixing created an excellent quality teapot out of local clay, according to Ming dynasty scholar Zhou Gaoqi. Such teapots quickly became popular among the scholarly class, and the popularity of Yixing teapots expanded. The air permeability of Yixing teapot is its distinguishing feature. When heated, Yixing clay emits countless air holes, allowing the clay to “breathe” and interact with tea, altering its flavor. The porosity of the Yixing clay is up to 10%, combined with the high iron content further enhances the unique ability of this pot while brewing tea.