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Rust Teapot, No. 3

Rust Teapot, No. 3

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This is one of six old-stock teapots we acquired from the artist’s studio on our 2018 sourcing trip. This teapot was crafted in 2013.

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 touched with small amount of fly ash “glaze”, giving the top surfaces of the body, lid and handle a satiny sheen. The teapot is also seasoned by the ceramicist, giving the exterior surfaces a rich patina. The spout features a small throat and ten outlets that facilitate 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: 75mm tall, 80mm diameter, 185ml・Artist: 邱青雲

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