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Taiwanese artist Liao Guo Hua’s mastery of his craft yields pots rich with personality. Smooth, clean throw lines draw his pots up or out, signifying stateliness or gravity, respectively, and each meticulous tilt of handle or spout adds to the individual narrative of the piece.

A patchwork of color coats the top half of this pot. Yellow ochre, burnt umber, Payne’s grey, and lamp black gently run together like the underpainting of a Renaissance tableau. Where the glaze ends, a rich, brown stoneware is revealed, tapering down towards the base to create a greater sense of volume and height. The straight, steep spout rises in salute, a contrast to the articulated bends of the handle. It finishes with a flourish- a proud little finial worthy of St. Basil’s.

Usage and care: Unglazed wood-fired pieces will season very slowly over time, though limited porosity allows for use of different tea types. The exterior of the teapot will deepen in color and develop a rich luster with use. Hand-wash only, without soap or detergent.

Approximate dimensions: 90mm tall, 85mm diameter, 230ml・Artist: 廖國華


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