Just to get the ball rolling I will guess that first teapot is approximately 200 years old ;D
& my favourite teapot is the one I have right now. It's my only one so it's very precious. I guess I also use a rice-patterned gaiwan but that's not really something to show off. It was used so it only cost me $6 though
I'm new to the forum and new to yixing teapot collecting. I recently acquired this pot on a trip to China, where I visited a factory while on a tour. I don't read a lot of Chinese, and was hoping someone could tell me what the paperwork that came with the pot says. I'm assuming it's the names of the two makers who worked on the pot. I was told that one was deceased, and I got a photo of myself with the other maker of the pot while I was at the factory.
Any information you can provide about the maker would be appreciated. I'm still learning a lot from reading various forums and hope I can contribute more to the collecting community.
I also notice your shop is in Vancouver, so I'll have to stop by for a visit sometime.
You have a very beautiful teapot that has excellent craftsmanship. The writing on the paper saying that Zhōu Cái Jūn makes this teapot. It is a certificate document. (However, please don't trust the paper too much, because anyone can write anything on a paper. In China, many non-yixing teapots come with this kind of certificate paper when people buy teapots.) If you have a picture showing you and the artist together with the teapot when you buy it, then it would be proof that this beautiful teapot is made by him.
By looking at this teapot from the picture, I believe it is really from the artist.
This beautiful teapot is good for decoration, but not good for tea making, because the artist added some color to the teapot to make it look more attractive. In China, this kind of teapot called 花货 Huā huò, is produced for decoration.
Below are the information of the artist and the related websites (in Chinese).
工艺美术师 Craft artists 江苏省陶瓷协会会员 Member of Ceramic Association of Jiangsu Province
Was born in 1968 in ceramics family; 1984 into Yixing mills, followed by senior industrial artist Liu Jianping Arts; 1987, following the Chinese artist Jiang Rong who is one of the most famous yixing teapot artist . In 1992 study at the Central Academy of Fine Arts training.
Thank you so much for that information Daniel! I appreciate it a lot.
The links you've provided confirm that it was Mr. Zhou that I met. I've attached the photo of Mr. Zhou and myself.
I also obtained another teapot set from him, which may be more appropriate for making tea. Regardless, I live in Vancouver and am new to Gong-Fu Cha, and will try to stop by your shop to say hello and try some teas in the near future.
edit: I just realized he's wearing the same shirt in two of the photos from the first link you posted. haha!
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2011 21:53:33 GMT -8 by richardc
Even though there's an Yixing in the photo, it's not my favorite, nor my best. In fact it's the tea sink I would like to share! I bought it in S. Korea this last Spring from a wonderful and kind potter, Kim Jong-Ok. In fact this sink came in a whole set, a Korean teapot (~5oz), a pitcher, a flower vase, a utensil rest, a lid rest, a ceramic funnel, and 5 cups. The whole set is one amazing sight, which I entertained more often. Jong-Ok had so many enticing teaware, even though his tea bowl were a bit on the heavy side, they fit very well in the hand and were very beautiful, I do wish I had bought one. I tend to use this sink more often than my tea tray, however I've come to "dislike" my tray as it is not exactly as "efficient" as I'd like.
And beautiful clay tea sink. I stare at your sink again and again. It is an real art. I love it. I can understand why you tend to use this sink more often than your tea tray. I think that would be a lot of fun when putting a nice yixing teapot on it and poring with tea.