debunix wrote:What's most amazing to me is that the 2nd pot you showed is in such a different style and yet I find it just as attractive. This is an amazing potter.
Indeed, he is. The thing I like most about that second pot is the way he's pushing the form so hard. The pot is all about contrasts the blend together seamlessly, enhancing each other instead of competing. The tall, geometric handle that leans forward, the top's nib that arcs in response to the handle (but curved in a real arc), the perfectly smooth top, the spout that springs gracefully from the lines of the pot itself. And then on top of all of that, the ancient oracle bone calligraphy! Contemporary design that looks back to the roots of Chinese culture, and finds its own shapes mirroring the graphic style of oracle bone characters.
I feel like it's a sculpture, a real piece of art that some lucky person is going to get to watch, grow, and use everyday.
Then again, the difficulty of the form requires this to be much too large for a 2-3 person gongfu pot, which is really the most the I ever use.
Ah well! Here's to great yixing designers! It's a wonderful time to start collecting, since the fine teapots produced today are actually of higher quality than any other time in history. Here's to innovation in the creative continuation of traditional forms. History and culture, living through art objects and through the aesthetic appreciation that grows between an individual and their little cup of tea.