This is one of thirteen teapots we commissioned from Qiu Qing Yun in 2018. The series features smaller capacity of 100ml or less, exceptionally thin walls, and beautifully shaped spouts.
Qiu Qing Yun relies solely on his knowledge of clay and mastery of wood-firing to craft each piece: no glaze is ever used. He throws and shapes each teapot by hand, then air-dries them before firing. Instead of bisque firing, the air-dried pieces enter the wood-kiln directly. Using only wood for fuel, the kiln’s temperature is gradually increased over a 12 hour period until it reaches 1280C. That temperature is held for 5 days before it is gradually reduced over the course of a week. Each step is crucial in creating the finished product. While actual firing is 5 days, each piece spends nearly two weeks in the kiln.
This particular teapot is one of the smallest in the series. One side of the teapot is dry, with a small dusting of fly ash on the top surfaces of the teapot. Exposed surfaces has a bright golden sheen, the result of flame flashes on the surface of the pot.
A notable feature is the small swirl where the bottom of the handle joins the teapot body. The pointed spout and nine outlets facilitate fast water evacuation. The teapot’s base is signed and dated by the artist.
Usage and care: Unglazed wood-fired pieces will season very slowly over time, though limited porosity allows for use of different tea types. Exterior of the teapot will deepen in color and develop a rich luster as it patinas. Hand-wash only without soap or detergent.
Approximate dimensions: 60mm tall, 70mm diameter, 70ml・Artist: 邱青雲
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|