Handbuilding Video: Master Yixing Teapot Demonstration Part Two – Considering Every Detail

Judging from the comments from last Friday's post, I'd say many of you found Zhou Gui Zhen's teapot making video as impressive as I did.


Today, as promised, we bring you another Yixing teapot video. This one focuses on the finishing refinements that are made to Yixing teapots. Master artist Zhu Jiang Long demonstrates how every inch of the teapot is considered from the lid right to the signature stamp on the bottom. The method he uses for making the lid fit perfectly can be used on any lidded form, and the lesson of considering every last detail is something we can all try to bring to our own work. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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  • Rubbish – It’s so easy!

    The simple beauty of the finished works belie the wonderful craftsmanship needed to create these masterpieces.

    If only……………………………….

  • The link is broken. I was able to watch the previous video, but no luck here.

  • I was only able to watch 35% of the video…so sorry i missed the last part!

    I just wonder if he is producing for mass retail? Why spend so much time on one teapot and how much must he sell them for?

  • The videos of the Yixing teapots are just stunning. The level of patience working on one piece is just amazing.

  • The video stopped in the middle and won’t continue.

    Great work by the artist, as was the last video.

  • Both of these artists are masters and they do not sell mass produced teapots that you may find for 20 to 50 dollars in your local import shop. Many of those cheap reproductions are made in molds with some hand work. I also have some video of this type of production. This is where a worker, not an artist, will crank out a good 50 to 100 teapots a day. Zhou Gui Zhen and Zhu Jiang Long’s work is of the highest quality and prices range over a thousand dollars for one of their teapots. Why put so much time into a piece can be answered by realizing the quality and integrity of the work produced through this level of craftsmanship. Very much like a 1000 dollar tea bowl from Japan this kind of work is sometimes hard for people in the USA to understand. Yet many people who purchase art here have no problem spending much higher prices for a painting. Ceramics is generally respected and sought after on a much different level in many other cultures outside of ours, especially throughout Japan, China and Korea.

  • Wonderful craftsmanship, great video! I wish it were actually a little longer, as I did with the one last week, with a little more detail showing the tools used and with a bit more commentary. Nonetheless, a superb video. What I’m really saying is “I Want More!” Thanks for this great series of videos.

  • i think both videos were fascinating. so much patient and accuracy in the work. no wonder the teapots look amazing when they are finished. i find it a true art work. i was just wondering how they hold it so firmly and it doesn’t crack or break. needs a lot of experience i guess. i will definitely use some of the techniques as were shown.

    as for technical difficulties watching the video, the first run, does stop every few seconds for buffering, so i let it run once with out even watching it. leave it on my e-mail box and upload it again to watch later, ot the next day.. then it runs smoothly.

  • It is really marvelous. Great work of ingenuity. Amazing is the creativity and the expertise. I bow to the artisté.

  • Very enjoyable. I’d like to see a demonstration of how well it pours. I cut my spouts to eliminate drips.

  • it only works for YiXing Clay. don’t try with regular clay, you would never get the job done that easy. only problem is YiXing clay costs $5 per pound.

  • Love the video & technique! No problems viewing the video, but the music was too loud over the narration – couldn’t hardly hear what was said.

  • Ooops! I take that back (what I said about the music. I just realized I had another window open that was playing music. I shut it down and heard this video just fine **blush**

  • Both videos were wonderful! Thank you as always for these great informative and entertaining videos.

  • To Rhona who wonders if he is producing for mass retail:
    No, yixing teapots are made one by one by a master and are not mass retailed! Each teapot is unique and its price reflects that fact. Some can be very expensive indeed.

  • Hi Stiffy! Please send my regards to Kathy and the kids. Hope you’re liking Washington State.

  • Very informative. I would love to see how the lids are made. Will that be in Part III?

  • I’ve done a workshop on this and made a teapot in this method. We did not have the Yixing clay, but a similar clay body and it worked great. I have bought several of these lovely little teapots and they vary in prices, depending on who and how they are made. The original Yixing clay is almost all gone and I wonder what they will do. They claim this clay makes the tea taste better and I agree!

  • These 2 videos were very informative & fascinating to watch. I’d love to see more at this level of detail. I’d like to learn more about the tools used and specifically of these videos, more info re: fitting lids to the teapots. Thank you.

  • Last Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, I had tea with Zhu Jiang Long in his studio and I must say, watching him pour tea from his tea pots into my cup 10 inches away was no less an aesthetic experience than to see and feel the devout observance of someone dedicated to making objects of impeccable perfection.

  • Great video–would love to see how the lids are made, though one can guess. I’m sure there are things to learn from these masters that I’d never think of on my own.

  • just rewatched the video for the third time now and i see there are more questions from all of us.. ie: about the tools and the lids.. will we get some of the questions answered? please ceramics art daily..

  • Ohhh how I would love to own one of these! Just to look at – how much more would I love to watch one being made in the flesh! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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