MarshalN wrote: Have Some Tea wrote:
MarshalN wrote:It's normally the case that calligrapher and potter are not the same person
That's a very interesting addition. So this could be a collaboration between artists... Very interesting indeed.
Different skillset. Most of these potters don't have nice handwriting.
Indeed, during Qing dynasty, paying for carving was higher than 'making pot'...explains the status of potters wasn't high back then. I heard any potters were illiterate (actually many Chinese were, before the simplified Chinese was broadly used)
Antique Zhuni for example, potters were many while carving men (on pots' bottoms) were limited, to authenticate those carving styles of special eras were a keypoint when examine Zhuni or other Yixings...but that's some kind of level what those 'inner' people can only do.
Funny thing is that hierarchical tradition still remains in Yixing, name Tan Quan-hai, Bao Zhi-qiang, Li Chang-hong or Shen Han-sheng...those Grand Masters were caligrapher/carvers...it demonstrates the cultural level is held almost as high as the skills of making teapots, at least in Yixing pottery.
It could explain, Chinese society still borrow that old timey habits, but at a time it also explains they are seeing Yixing teapot beyond just teapot, they use that to lubricate Yixing teapot into artistic creation.
Very few potters are caligraphy/pottery masters, the most example is Gu Jing-zhou.