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Bronze Teapot, No. 9

Bronze Teapot, No. 9

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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 teapot features a golden bronze tone, with a small fly ash drip on one side that begins halfway down the pot and extends to the base. The beautifully shaped spout and nine outlets deliver an unbroken stream of water. 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, 80ml・Artist: 邱青雲

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