gingko wrote:I've seen this name on other pots. On this kind of shui ping, some other names are seen more. I always think these names on older pots are lovely. There isn't even biography info. for most of them. They were just workers (mostly women), not regarded as "artists", yet they made pots very carefully and seriously. Their mentors (elder workers) at that time, held high professional standards. 70s was the time when China was not a capitalism society yet and generally people at that time had very serious work ethics. Some commentators say, even though many of these pots are just made by factory workers, not as polished in craftsmanship as some artistically made pots, they just look lovely. Because at that time, when someone made a pot, she didn't label herself as an artist, didn't always think about market, price, customer preferences... They just made standard pots and were paid by the state-owned factory.
Some of these names are pretty famous now (and widely faked), and certainly authentic 'qing yin' pots by any of the makers who made that first batch in the early 70s should be worth quite a bit. I imagine at least some of them went on to greater fame later on.
In case it's interesting to anyone, the 4 lid seals (along with the family name of the potter in parenthesis) on that first batch should be (in traditional characters, and in hanyu pinyin below):
yín fèng (jīn), qiǎo yīng (liù), méi yún (zhāng), zhì qín (zhào)
There are also some with no lid seal.
What's worse, I think, is when they switched to just numbers, though I'm sure there's someone who knows who was what number.