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Duan Ni "Natural Bounty" Yixing Cup

Duan Ni "Natural Bounty" Yixing Cup

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

Crafted By Lai Xiaohong

This is part of master potter Lai Xiahong’s “Back to Nature” Forest Series, drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of mountains and forest surrounding her home in Yixing. Her work scouting and personally excavating her clays from the hillsides brings her deep into nature, which comes through in Lai Xiahong’s hand-sculpted forms like this unique cup, one of Lai Xiahong’s first ‘non-teapot’ pieces she has shared with us. The cup evokes a tree stump, or hollowed out gourd, surrounded by roots - a nod to the bounty of nature as the cup is filled. The warmth of the Duan Ni clay will continue to grow deeper over years of use.

  • Technical Specifications

    • clay : Duan Ni
    • weight : 94 g
    • apprx. capacity : 150 ml
    • apprx. pour time : 10 sec
    • edge to handle : 10 cm
    • diameter : 8 cm
    • opening : 6.5 cm
    • height : 5.5 cm


    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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