Chinese Yixing Zisha
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Old Stump with Leopard: original one of a
kind teapot art by Sun Jin Li, Yixing
This is a teapot from Sun Jin Li's forest series. In this series, the focus is on the animals, which are done in extreme detail, in miniature. If you look at them with a magnifying glass, you can see detailed etching of "fur", and features of ears, mouth, nose, eyes, paws and claws, and body are all done with great precision with different colors of clay (see close-up on hyperlink page).
This one is on a gnarled old tree stump, giving it extra character.
The other thing that we like about the teapot art in the series is that Li has committed to making only one teapot of each that he makes in the series. So, each is complete unique: one of a kind (Li, himself, has sold teapots from this series for as much as $10,000).
To see more teapot art by Sun Jin Li, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Sun Jin Li Page.
Lucky Cloud teapot by Zheng Qiu Biao, Yixing
We liked, not only the deep blue color of this teapot, but also its simple traditional and three-legged design. It has a classic teapot shape.
To see more of the art of Zheng Qiu Biao, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Zheng Qiu Biao Page.
Dark Pine Stump with Blue Flowers: teapot art by Zhu Qiu, Yixing, China
We are always attracted to artistically-executed teapots in the tree stump theme. This one is nicely done with two different colors of clay to give the appearance of a tree stump with its bark partly pealing off, as would happen to a real dying stump. In addition, there is much fine work on the body with knot-holes and details in the "wood" and "bark" to give it a more realistic appearance and texture. There are rings and other detailing on the lid, and the lid rim is shaped in a wavy ring to match the other rings; there are delicate little red flowers on the lid and on the body, near the handle. This is a darker version of this theme; we also have a lighter version with red flowers (number 46).
Zhu Qiu not only understands the technical aspects of zisha teapot sculpture, about which he has written papers, but he also believes that teapots should be works of art.
Frog Stone zisha clay teapot art by Jian Mei Zhen
The stone name of this teapot derives from the shape with the so-called stone shape among teapot themes for centuries, although in varied forms. In this one by Jiang Mei Zhen, there is added detail with overlaid "tree bark" on the handle and the spout, a small frog as the lid-pull, and delicate overlay in green and yellow on the sides.
All in all, it is a sweet little work of zisha teapot art.
To see more of the teapot art of Jiang Mei Zhen, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please visit the Jiang Mei Zhen Pages.
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