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. In this particular form, the four sides that almost round into a circle mirror the four bamboo details perfectly. Lai Xiaohong excavates and blends her own Zi Ni from her own sites scouted around the mountains ringing the town of Yixing, and the result is deep rich mottling and a clay ready to take on a patina over a lifetime of brewing.
clay : Zi Ni
form : Si Zhi Zhu
weight : 154 g
apprx. capacity : 208 ml
apprx. pour time : 16 sec
spout to handle : 11.5 cm
diameter : 8 cm
lid opening : 4.5 cm
height : 8 cm
artist certificate : included
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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