Born in 1979, Wang Shùn Xiang dedicated a lifetime to perfecting the craft of making Yixing Teapots. Unswayed by the influx of flashes and fads, Wang understood the simplicity of a happy life and expresses it through artful pottery. In 2012, she and her craft was officially recognized by the country as 'living non-tangible national heritage asset.'
This teapot is the only one in existence and part of a special series crafted for auction alongside her nomination. The hue comes from a custom blend of clay to represent her inspiration throughout her life, "gold is everywhere if you really look." At first glance, the pot appears like smoothed sandstone, but if you happen to be making tea by the sunset, you'll understand why gold is everywhere, from the sunset onto the pot into the tea and through the conversations of an afternoon.
The form of this Yixing Teapot is a modern interpretation on one of the most ancient styles, simple and extremely functional. The flange (neck) was slightly shorted for a more harmonious proportion while the teardrop knob is the focal point that evokes the pot as an incense burner found in every Chinese Temple across the world. It has only been used once during the auction for demonstration. The precise construction of its lightweight structure and where the lid meets the body fits perfectly to elevate a tea session without drawing attention to itself.
An artist reaching this stage typically sets the style and commercial signatures at the inaugural auction as it will become the cursor of evolution for decades to come. Wang is no exception, her modern refinements with appealing proportions has already seen popularity among tea connoisseurs in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and New York.
We recommend brewing light colored teas such as raw puerh within a decade, oolong or white tea, as the flow from the sprout will appear more lively and any left over tea wont stain this lovely Yixing teapot in an undesirable way.
This teapot comes in a decorated lotus pouch, wood box, and certificate of authenticity written and stamped in Chinese calligraphy by Master Wang.
Please contact us for the occasional collector's yixing teapot released by Master Wang.