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Bamboo Handles Yixing zisha teapot 12. Low Profile Bamboo Handles theme zisha teapot, Yixing, China

We were looking for a low-profile teapot to add to our gallery collection, and we found this one, recently, while roaming through the teapot markets.  It is in a bamboo theme with the spout and the lid pull made to look like bamboo sprouts plus a handle styled as a slat of bamboo.  What makes it even more adorable is the loose black bead in the middle of the lid pull.  The lid also has some carved leaves on top.

Neither the dealer nor we could read the maker's name on the bottom.  We only know that it was made by a small studio in Yixing.
$250 200cc
Chou Square: zisha teapot by Zhou Zhi Liang 30. Chou Square zisha teapot by Zhou Zhi Liang

We had been looking for a nice teapot with sharp edges, and we finally found an artist who not only makes it rectangular but also an unusual two-piece sliding lid.  We had been trying to track down Zhou Zhi Liang for several months because we had seen examples of his work.  Now we can offer you this teapot of his with untraditional lines but one retaining traditional Chinese artistic design, nonetheless. 
  $700   320 cc  
Column Base, teapot by Xu Zhong Fang 35. Column Base, zisha teapot art by Xu Zhong Fang, Yixing, China

This is another common Yixing teapot theme, called column base, but it is made especially nicely.
Lotus plant zisha teapot by Lu Wen Xia 39. Lotus Plant zisha teapot by Lu Wen Xia

This "Lotus Plant" teapot by Lu Wen Xia is very true to life.  The vessel resembles the root of the lotus plant, a water lily-like plant, right down to the honey-combed interior of the root, which is visible at the one end (we know what the inside of a lotus root looks like because we eat lotus root, here).  The vines and lily pads make up the handle.  So far, the one displayed here is only the second that she has made (the other having been sold by an exclusive New York gallery).  While we always appreciate her work, we are particularly fond of this one for its life-like appearance as well as its refreshing and innovative theme.  It can be the star of a collection or a star, in any setting.

To see more of the sculpture of Lu Wen Xia, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Lu Wen Xia Page.
$5,000 500 cc
Tree Frog (未命名) teapot by Chen Min Jun 98. Tree Frog: original design teapot art  and 4 cups & saucers by Chen Mim Jun, Yixing, China

Chen Min Jun specializes in frogs: not just putting them into teapot art but making these tiny sculptural elements of art in nice detail.  Like any element of Yixing zisha teapot art, different colors are not made with glazes or paint but with different colors of clay.  Thus, all of the spots and other colored areas of the frog and the other parts of these teapots are made, in that manner, and, of course, his little eyes are movable in their sockets.  Other details of this gong chun style teapot include the crackled bark on the tree and the leaves, which are gingko biloba.  The price includes 4 cups and saucers as those shown in the hyperlink page.

We recently added Chen to our gallery, and this was one of the first teapots of his that we admired, and we think that you will, too.

To see more teapot art by Chen Min Jun, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online, please, visit the Chen Min Jun Page.

Lotus and frog teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 22. Lotus Flower with Frog, zisha teapot art by Jiang Mei Zhen, Yixing, China

Elegance is sometimes expressed in simplicity, and this more simply designed lotus flower teapot art is simply elegant.  It has a taller profile, and the base is surrounded by lotus petals, all of the same height.  The spout is a lotus root, and it has a cute little frog on top, which is also one of the trademarks of Jiang Mei Zhen.

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.
  $700   350cc  
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