Zouyu Artist Series Wood Fired Teacup

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This teacup features a handpainted image of a fabled “zouyu”. We specifically commissioned this creature, which was said to have white hair and dark markings, resembling a tiger. While it looks fierce, it is actually gentle and vegetarian, appearing only during benevolent and sincere rule. Unfortunately the most recent reports of zouyu sightings come from the early 15th century, which were considered good omens. This cup holds approximately 130ml of liquid, and hopefully sighting this majestic beast on your tea table can bestow some auspicious fortune.

These Vignette Series teacups represent a perfect marriage of art and tea. These cups are more than simply a vessel for tea; they are a canvas and inspiration for the artists who worked on them.

Each piece begins as any normal teacup does. Various clays and glazes are used to form the cup, which is then wood fired for several days. The results of wood firing teaware is dependent on many factors, including clay composition, firing duration, location and placement in the kiln, shape of the kiln, type/composition of wood being burned, etc. Each cup comes out reflecting various degrees of kiln changes (窑变).

After this first firing has finished, the artist will often choose a cups that they feel evoke a scene or subject. They then play off of the unintended patterns and colours from wood firing, developing a scene or subject of their own design. Each piece is hand painted in fine detail, also taking advantage of naturally occurring textures and designs in the negative space.

The piece is finally fired for a second time in order to seal in the artwork. The variables of wood firing, along with employing various artists to work on these pieces mean that every cup is absolutely unique and inimitable.

Additional information

Weight110 g
Dimensions8 × 8 × 6.5 cm
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