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Four Chinese Hanzi Engrave Xi Shi Yixing Teapot
Di Cao Qing 底槽清
Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China
100% Hand-made, so the body of the teapot may have handmade traces (Note: teapots of
100% hand-made can’t be exactly the same as shown on the picture. So it is normal that in a
few cases the teapot may be very slightly different from that on the picture, however, the
quality is always the same.)
5.9” W x 3.9” H (15cm x 10cm)
Chinese characters in different font types: 福, 禄, 寿, 喜 carves shows the artistic of this kind of Xi Shi Yixing Teapot.
These four Xi Shi Yixing teapots made of Di Cao Qing clay, are of 450ml (15.2oz) large capacity. Each teapot is engraved with one of the four Chinese characters in different font types: 福, 禄, 寿, 喜. These words are very small, which shows the maker’s superb skills. Xi Shi Yixing Teapot is a kind of easy using and classic Yixing Teapot for gongfu tea ceremony.
Fu Engrave Xi Shi Yixing Teapot
福 (pronunciation: fú) means luck, represents all kinds of good things. Nowadays, people peruse material well-being as well as the satisfying of spirit. And in the beginning of New Year, people pray good luck in the coming year. In China, people tend to paste a red painting of Chinese character “福” on the door, to bring them luck and wish a good and prosperous life in next year.
Lu Engrave Xi Shi Yixing Teapot
禄 (pronunciation: lù) means wealth, represents fortune and prosperity. In ancient China, Lu is the salary of government officials, also refers to the wealth that people pursue all their lives. And now, it is not just their salary, but the happiness and blessing in modern world.
Shou Engrave Xi Shi Yixing Teapot
寿 (pronunciation: shòu) is longevity, refers to good health and long life, which is the biggest wish of people through the ages. Life is very short, and longevity is the foundation of continuous wealth and happiness. The culture of longevity is quite common in civil prayer.
Xi Engrave Xi Shi Yixing Teapot
喜 (pronunciation: xǐ) is happiness, meets Chinese traditional psychology, longing for the good luck and fortune. All people want to meet the happiness and wish that the good luck can be always around them.
Material - Di Cao Qing (底槽清)
Di Cao Qing is originally produced in Huanglong, Dingshan, Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province. It was widely used by Modern Teapot makers in early years, and nowadays it is very rare. The turquoise Ben Shan Lv Ni particles are uneven distributed in ore, and these particles are commonly known as "corn" or "cat's eye". The clay is mixed naturally and after firing the argillaceous is mildness and exquisite. The clay is purple with golden sand granular dots, after firing it become pork liver color and after seasoning the argillaceous is exquisite and ruddy and the surface has oil texture.
The Maker - Sun Wen
The maker of this teapot is Sun Wen who is a young female potter. She was born in Dingshu Village, Yixing in Jiangsu Province which is famous for pottery. Her Parents are experienced potters. From her childhood she was interested in the art of Yixing purple clay and likes innovation and always studied hard to constantly improve her own workmanship. The shape of the teapots made from her are of quaint and the style is elegant. She carves the words and pictures on the teapot, so the teapot becomes gentler.
Yixing County, the Pottery Capital of China, has a very long history of pottery making for around 6500 years. Yixing boasts abundant resources of argil, tea, bamboo and charcoal, all of which build the important material resource basis for making pottery. Yixing Zisha products have been awarded many prizes both in home and abroad, some excellent works have been presented as national gifts in international communications.