Zisha teapot by artist Level 3, YANG Fei 杨菲（L3-2021）文革紫泥 紫砂壶 “子冶石瓢”
Name: Zi Ye Shi Piao
Clay: Home-stored original ore old purple clay
Capacity: 200 CC
The original ore purple clay is a classic type of Zisha clay that is quite common. There are few good quality ones and many inferior ones. It has a purple-brown color and is often called "black purple clay" by players. It is one of the clay materials that players love. The products made from it have a pure texture, even sand particles, a pleasing color, a warm and delicate feel, not too bright or flashy, and are like small pieces of jade. It is refined from the original purple clay ore excavated from the Huanglongshan vein in Yixing, Jiangsu Province. Because the iron content in the vein is relatively high, the particles in the clay are larger and the structure is loose, which makes the body of the vessel obviously a special double air-hole structure. The air convection is smooth, and the air holes have good convection. This gives Yixing purple clay teapots the characteristics of quick heat transfer, and strong heat preservation, and is conducive to maintaining the temperature and color, aroma, and taste of tea when brewing.
[Firing temperature] about 1180 degrees
[Shrinkage ratio] about 11%
[Mineral source] Yixing Ding Mountain Huanglongshan Purple Clay Series
[Clay nature] good stability, easy to control; dense and solid, can mold large-sized parts, and easy to shape
[Difficulty] The iron content is relatively high, and it is easy to produce fire defects, iron oxide has a low melting point, and it may cause jumping sand and flower mud during the firing process.
[Characteristics] The clay color is mature, stable, dignified, and solemn, and works of all sizes are suitable. It has a brown-purple tone, which can stabilize the mind and has a good affinity.
[Tea-brewing characteristics] It has good air permeability, a high color-changing rate when hot water is poured, and the tea taste is moderate. It is easy to control the brewing time and becomes more noble and charming after being seasoned. It is a tea-brewing tool that both refined and popular people can enjoy.
Oolong tea, Pu'er tea, black tea, green tea, and various series.
Ziye Shi Piao is named after the famous person "Qu Ziye". His original name was Qu Yingshao (1778-1849), also known as Bizhe and Yuehu. He was a native of Shanghai and a successful candidate in the Jiaqing period of the Qing Dynasty. He excelled in poetry and prose, seal carving, and painting, and studied under the famous artist Yun Nantian. He collected and preserved many antiques throughout his life, and his home was decorated with ancient ritual vessels and calligraphy and paintings by famous people from ancient and modern times. He made many teapots during his lifetime and often imitated the works of Chen Mansheng.
He employed many pottery craftsmen and used Yixing kaolin clay to make various teapot molds. He painted bamboo and wrote poems on the teapot himself, and his friend Deng Fusheng carved the seals. In his later years, he designed the Yuehu teapot, which he called the "Qu teapot", but unfortunately, his teapot-making technique did not pass down to future generations. The Qu teapot came in two types: coarse and fine sand, with the latter featuring bamboo drawings with very few strokes, giving it a unique and ancient charm.
After Shanghai opened its port, the Japanese sought out Qu teapots and brought them to the East, where one pot could sell for dozens of silver dollars. During the Xianfeng period, the Shanghai Small Sword Society rebelled, and Qu Yingshao's calligraphy and painting antiques were lost in the war, with only his "Yuehu Poem and Painting" remaining in the world.
The Shi Piao teapot is shaped like a pyramid with three sides, with a plump and full body and a stable base due to its center of gravity. It is highly ornamental, and its short and powerful spout is cylindrical in shape, allowing for a smoother and more forceful water flow. The pot lid and body are tightly sealed, giving the teapot excellent practicality.
YANG Fei 杨菲,
National Master of Arts and Crafts, level 3 (awarded 9 Dec 2021)
Born in 1990 in Dingshu Town, Yixing City, she is reserved in speech but agile in action, and has been dedicated to the art of teapot making for more than ten years.
She studied under Senior Master of Arts and Crafts (level 2), Gu Shunfang, and under her mentorship, her skills have improved and her personal style has emerged. Her works are characterized by simple and concise lines, a simple and dignified shape, profound charm, and an emphasis on using changes in lines to express the beauty of the teapot.
容量： 200 CC
杨菲 L3 国家工艺美术师
女，1990.01.14 , 出生于丁山制壶世家。
绘：竹。 双刀刻 “清风竹影”
“清风竹影”，也出自于 “竹影拂阶尘不起， 清风穿池水无声”。