Chinese Yixing Zisha
Teapots: Page 18
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Pond Spring zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍),
The simple smooth lines and the slightly low, rounded profile of this teapot present a soothing look. Then, on the top, there is a delicate lotus leaf and a frog by its stem.
Jiang Mei Zhen makes many teapots that we like, and she is one of our most popular artists both because of her sense of style and because her prices have not yet become unreasonable, like too many other teapot artists, these days. It also comes in green clay.
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.
Chinese Talisman: zisha teapot by Sun Jin Li
studio, Yixing, China
This little beasty is a Chinese talisman, used to ward off ghosts. Zhao Chun Yi, the wife of Sun Jin Li, makes this is one. As we understand it, the ones that are made by her are stamped with the chop of Sun Jin Li, as are other teapots made in his studio by other artists who work there. As with most of the beasty teapots made today, this one is formed by mold and finished by hand. We have seen quite a number of this particular beast done by different artists, and this is one of two that we have chosen for inclusion in the Leona Craig catalogue because its detail and craftsmanship are up to our standard. Although this beasty is pure Chinese, it will have no problem integrating with Western art and decor.
To see more teapot art by Sun Jin Li, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Sun Jin Li Page.
High Well (高井栏壶): teapot art by Zhang Ji Da, Yixing
While this original design teapot art has some classic Yixing elements, in its spout and handle, the shape of the body reminds me of a classic cookie jar.
The calligraphy on the side adds a special touch. It refers to the feeling that one gets, sitting by the water on a cool summer evening, drinking tea.
All in all, it is a sweet little teapot, and Zhang Ji Da is an expert craftsman.
To view more of the teapot art by Zhang Ji Da, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please, visit the Zhang Ji Da Page.
Phoenix zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen
This playful phoenix teapot is made of cai qie ni (literally eggplant clay). While the bird of the body looks more comical, the one on the lid has more the formal appearance of that mystical bird.
It is one of a new line of teapots by Jiang Mei Zhen.
Chameleon Gongchun: original teapot art by Sun Jin Li, Yixing, China
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 tree stump with an unusual shape, more like a gong chun style teapot, and three small feet.
Bamboo, original zisha teapot art by Xu
Zhong Fang, Yixing, China
Bamboo is a common theme in Yixing teapot art, and it is executed in any number of ways. In this rendition, Xu has made the base octagonal, and the handle and spout are squared, but the lid pull is round. The dark clay gives an even richer look.
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