National Master Potter Tang Xianwu is famous for the elegance and grace with which she executes incredibly difficult to sculpt forms like this one. The hand smoothing and mathematical precision required to transition between teapot body facets so flawlessly hint at the incredible artist behind this perfect form, inspired by the xiao jin gua, the gourd form bound by rope to create beautiful patterns- a collaboration between human craft and the organic happenstance of nature, just like a perfect teapot.
This teapot’s name “Wei Miao Wei Xiao” loosely translated to “reflecting on the sublime,” a fitting name for a piece like this. In the sublime is something unknowable, something organic and real that we see through the lens of beauty and awe. The organic inspiration of the form and the incredible fired clay are certainly reflected through a lens of beauty in this masterwork.
Tang Xianwu has gained steady fame and accolades over the years, winning awards at every competition, so we are excited to still be able to offer her work due to a long working relationship. The pictures speak for themselves showing off the perfect elegance of this piece, the way the facets gather together on the bottom of the pot and flow all the way up to the lid handle. Don’t miss the generous hand-built strainer in the pot body, or the exquisite details like the lines between each facet.