We kindly like to offer you a fantastic Chinese Zisha Tea Pot of Yixing clay, made by famous Bao Zhiqiang.
It has an artistic form, rare to find and it is marked with 'BAO ZHIQIANG'.
Yixing clay (traditional Chinese: pinyin: Yíxīng; Wade–Giles: I-Hsing) is a type of clay from the region near the city of Yixing in Jiangsu province, China. Its use dates back to the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) when Yixing clay was first mined around Lake Taihu in China. From the 17th century on, the Yixing wares were commonly exported to Europe. The finished stoneware, which is used for teaware and other small items, are usually red or brown in color. They are known as Zisha ware, and are typically unglazed. The clays used for the Yixing wares are very cohesive and can be formed coil forming, slab forming or most commonly slip casting. The clays can also be formed by throwing. The most famous wares made from yixing clay are Yixing clay teapots (yixing zisha hu).
Bao Zhiqiang, male, nickname Leren, was born in Yixing, Jiangsu in 1946, enjoying such titles as senior master of arts and crafts, the Chinese ceramic crafts master, member of the Chinese Arts and Crafts Institute, member of the Chinese Industry Design Society, the vice director of the Yixing Red Pottery Culture Research Committee, the vice chairman of the Yixing Art Association. Now he is the chief crafts master of the Chinese red pottery museum, the chief crafts master of Yixing Fangyuan Red Pottery Crafts Com.Ltd and Yixing Red Pottery Arts and Crafts Factory.
In the year of 1959 he worked at Yixing Red Pattery Arts and Crafts Factory, acknowledging respectively Tan Yaokun, Zhu Gexun, Fan Zelin as his master to learn ceramic carving crafts. In the
year of 1962 he became an apprentice of the old handcraftsman Wu Yungen to learn the crafts of making pot. In the year of 1965, with the instruction of the famous ceramic carving master Ren Ganting, he worked on such creation. In the year of 1975 he went on further studies at ceramic crafts department under the Central Arts and Crafts Academy, later is engaged in creation design of red potter arts and crafts.
During the course of 1982 to 2002 his works SNUFF BOTTLE (collaborated), RICHES AND HONOUR TEA SET, SOURCE OF SPRING TEA SET(collaborated), PURPLE JADE FLOATING FRAGRANT TEA SET won the first-rate award during the national ceramic crafts evaluation. The works FOREVER JOY TEA SET and HAPPINESS LONGEVITY PROLONG LIFE POT were entered into Meinong international ceramic crafts exhibition in Japan in 1992 and in 1995. Since the year 2000, his works ANCIENT WIND POT, TEA FRAGRANT JADE BROCADE, PURPLE JADE FLOATING FRAGRANT won golden award during the first, second and third exquisiteness fair of the Chinese arts and crafts master. His ceramic carving works GUILIN SPRING MORNING and INK PLUM are collected by the Palace Museum, the works GOLDEN SOUND JADE VIBRATION POT is collected by Nanjing Museum. In the year of 1978 as a chief editor Flowers And Plants Picture Album With Line Drawing In Traditional Ink And Brush Style was published formerly. In December of 2002 Bao Zhiqiang Works Collection—the Contemporary Ceramic Crafts Famous Master was published by the Chinese Pictorial Office.
Both his modeling of pot crafts and the ceramic carving are all featured with elegant culture flavor and strong literati flavor, which forms his personal style.
Size: height: 6 3/4"; up diameter: 2"; bottom diameter: 5 1/4"; capacity: 250 ml.