The Zisha Ceramics of China

teapots exhibition posterZisha teapots have been made since the 16th century in the town of Dingshu, in the Jiangsu Province of China. Reputed to be the best for brewing tea, these exquisite teapots have enjoyed the status of luxury items for centuries.

In striving for perfection, artisans have developed rigorous and precise hand-crafting methods, yet they also promote their work as personal and spontaneous.

This exhibition explores the apparent paradox between precision and spontaneity through the themes of style, skills, and the question of authenticity.

View the video presentation: Artisan Ge Taozhong crafting a zisha teapot, filmed by Geoffrey Gowlland in 2004 (23 minutes)

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