ChunTea PotHigh Fire Stoneware, Local clay with Ash glaze and copper oxide underglaze 4x5x3.5
This little tea pot is too small to function for tea. It could brew a half a cup of tea. But like the miniature tea pots made by the famous Yixing artists, it represents ideas of both form and process. I dug the clay for this pot from my back yard. The glaze was made from ashes of pig nut hickory brush given to me by a friend. The Chinese characters on the side of the pot are my attempt at the exhortation "good skill!" Tea, like many things in life requires effort, skill and a harmony with the environment. If this little tea pot can express any of those ideas then it's fulfilling its function.
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