疏影生香 "Sparse Shadow and Fragrance"
The inscription on the lantern teapot opposite the detailed plum blossom etching is the poem's title by the Song Dynasty poet Jiang Kui. It is a phrase used to describe the aroma and elegant posture of the plum blossom and is considered one of China's most important historical literature, and the title is synonymous with the flower's name.
Jie Ping Lu is a renowned China National Arts and Crafts artist and member of the China Arts and Crafts Association. Born in a Dingshan pottery family, he started to learn pottery making when he was a child systematically. In 1993, he entered the Zisha No. 1 Factory to learn Zisha pottery carving and glaze painting, and after continuous study and research, his skills have been further improved. Under the careful guidance of Yao Chen Lu, he absorbed the strength and essence of many masters and integrated them into his works.
The degree of thickness for this clay is 50mm with a shrinkage ratio of 40%, which makes it difficult to masterfully shape the clay during production. After firing, the texture of the clay is dense, firm, yet delicate, while the color changes after bathing with hot water, showing a reddish-purple color. The color is bright red with a mysterious wet luster. When firing, it is easy to wrinkle, crack, collapse, deform, and the kiln temperature control is exact, often resulting in a 30% loss. The ringing sound of the clay is an outstanding achievement.
There should be a balance between beauty and function after quality. There is an artistic and functional standard for evaluating Yixing teapots, and it should refine tea making by appearance alone. As we are tea-lovers, our propensity is for shapes and styles that aid in making tea well. These classic, simple shapes are a perfect canvas to create a deep luster and patina over time.
Jie Ping Lu (1971)
No. 4 Jing Di Cao Qing 四号井底槽清
Liu Fang Ling Long 六方玲珑 "Hexagonal Exquisite"
Made in Yixing, China
Decorative, padded box with artist's certification and attestation. Please note the liquid and capacity below before purchasing. Items are smaller than they appear.
Preparation For Use:
We recommend rinsing the teapot under purified or bottled (same as for making tea) warm water twice, then filling it with boiling water and emptying it two to three times. After this preparation, the teapot is ready for use.