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"Meeting Spring" Masterwork Yixing

"Meeting Spring" Masterwork Yixing

This fully handmade yixing tea pot is one-of-a-kind and available while supplies last

Crafted By Lai Xiaohong

This stunning Zi Ni teapot is part of Lai Xiaohong’s award-winning masterwork series combining the strength and elegance of classic form seamlessly with natural detail. The craft and time required to form a pot that transitions so perfectly between stark and clean abstraction to elegant touches of bamboo tests Lai Xiaohong’s skill and demands many dozens more hours of work to execute with her level of effortlessness.

This teapot is a meditation on the overflowing abundance of spring, with bamboo and natural elements almost growing into and around the pot body. The stunning sculptural detail evokes the twisted irregularities of prized scholarly objects of contemplation- found objects in nature set up in the scholar studio to inspire. The deep Zi Ni clay will continue to grow more lustrous and beautiful over time.

  • Technical Specifications

    • clay : Zi Ni
    • form : Feng Chun
    • weight : 211 g
    • apprx. capacity : 220 ml
    • apprx. pour time : 10 sec
    • spout to handle : 14 cm
    • diameter : 9 cm
    • lid opening : 6 cm
    • height : 7.5 cm
    • artist certificate : included


    Lai Xiaohong


    Lai Xiaohong was born in 1979 in the pottery capital of the world, Yixing. She has been working with yixing pottery for many years. Lai Xiaohong was trained under the watchful eye of top recognized master craftswomen Jiang Feng, growing under her mentor's strict and intense feedback. Later, she trained under many other top masters, gaining a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the craft. 

    Over the years, Lai Xiaohong has developed her own unique style and identity in her clay pots. She works with a wide range of subjects, designing original pieces filled with meaning and deep subtext. Through her pieces, Lai Xiaohong seeks a modern aesthetic and culture for zisha yixing devotees. The result is outstanding and noteworthy.  Her work explores new forms and styles that look towards the goal of a strong aesthetic for Yixing that is, at the same time, gentle and full of grace, deep and expressive. 

    Lai Xiaohong has been part of many national and international exhibitions, and has received many honors and awards for her work in yixing.

    Recent Exhibitions and Awards:

    2009“Feng Ming” Jiangsu Arts “Yi Bo Cup” Competition Gold Medal

    2009Awarded the 11th Chinese National Art Masters Bronze Medal

    2011“Yi Li Zhu” Gold Medal at the Shanghai National Folk Art Exhibition

    2012“Zhou Pan” Gold Medal Art and Craft Exhibition

    2012“Shi Piao” Jiangsu “Hai Long Cup” Masterwork Grand Prix awarded first place

    2013“Zhu Yun” Tenth Chinese Arts Festival Shandong Gold Medal

    2013“Xi Shi” Gold Medal fro original concepts at Chinese Arts and Crafts Culture Exhibition

    2014Featured in China People’s Daily  Special Arts Edition

    2014Featured in Yixing Pottery Masters Yearly Edition

    2015The Seventeenth Chinese Arts and Crafts Masters Exhibition, awarded Original Concept Medal

    2015“Wei Miao” Awarded Gold Medal at the Seventeenth Chinese Arts and CRafts Masters Exhibition for traditional fine art

    2016Awarded the historic Bai Hua Honor at China’s 12th Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition

    2016“Yi Hua Yi Shijie” Gold medal at the “Da Di Cup”

    2016“Shan Zhu” Awarded at the 2016 Arts Exhibition Original Concept Gold Medal

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