Ron Wright on sat 7 feb 98
Does anyone know of a commercially available clay, similar to the
chinese clay, for making Yixing teapots.
Shiresham Pottery - Chicago
Wendy Moore on sun 8 feb 98
Last Year Yixing potters did a workshop at Pewabic Pottery in Dtroit. I
attended and they were using a mix similiar to their own that was made up by
Rovin Ceramics in this area. I don't remember off hand what the number was
but I'm sure the folks at Rovins will remember which it was.
Rovin Ceramics, Inc
15333 Racho Rd
Wendy, The Apron Lady
In Muddy, Muggy, Mid-winter, Michigan
Ron Wright wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Does anyone know of a commercially available clay, similar to the
> chinese clay, for making Yixing teapots.
> Ron Wright
> Shiresham Pottery - Chicago
Steven Branfman on wed 23 jan 02
Craig Edwards asks:"It is my quest to learn how to make YIXING Teapots. They
have intrigued me
for a long time and now I have a great passion to learn how to make them.
Does anybody on the list know of any workshops coming up that they could
recommend. Also articles etc. would be appreciated."
We carry a few titles on Yixing ware and although there is some technical
info in at least one of the books, they are not technical/how-to books.
Richard Notkin and Ah Leone are two potters who do workshops and from whom
you could learn much from.
The Potters Shop
31 Thorpe Rd.
Needham MA 02494, USA
781 449 7687
fax: 781 449 9098
Khaimraj Seepersad on thu 24 jan 02
Hello to All ,
if your speaking of the K.S Lo - The
Stonewares of Yi Xing , and the -
Connoisseurship of Dark Red Yixing
Pottery , that I got from your shop.
Both books have more than enough
technical information to make Yi Xing
Additionally , there was a CM article
[ part 1 and 2 ] around the late 70's
early 80's [ I believe ] , as well as
someone posted a Yi Xing article
from a Dutch Chap who went to Yi Xing.
The real answer , if you making K.S Lo
standard wares , is TIME !!
Time taken to finish .
Very much along the lines of Fine Art.
Essentially your inducing the exterior to
melt somewhat - giving a sheen , yet
not so vitreous as to be a non- absorbent
The inside [ of commercial wares ] is often
rough , or never as smooth as the exterior
allowing the oils , tannins , solubles to , over
time form a coating.
Monona Rossol , once mentioned to me that
the pre-heated teapot [ 100 deg.c , or boiling
hot water ] continuously sterilises the teapot.
However , the water for drawing the teas ,is
often around 90 to 80 deg.c.
Try the Dragon Pearl supplied by Holy Mountain
out of California [ on-line ] , it is one pearl per
cup of tea. Absolutely ----- delicious - hits the
senses - aroma is heavenly Jasmine , and the
taste sans sugar is wonderful . Great for a relax.
Craig , I bought samples from Ebay .
There are a few sellers who supply before 1980,
but take a large pinch of salt with the before 1950
I have received teapots supposedly from poverty
stricken families , having to sell their family teapot.
The teapot came covered in dust [ talc powder ? ]
and filled with black , dried tea leaves.
I have images in my mind of Grandma , putting down
the used pot , just as her no.1 son , takes it , on
foot over mountain trails , lined with bamboos and
fighting off bandits , with Tai Chi and finally delivering
the pottery to the boat going to a Hong Kong dealer
selling on Ebay.
Beware of the shoe polish blackened teapots.
Good Luck , with your attempts.
From: Steven Branfman
Date: 24 January 2002 7:14
>Craig Edwards asks:"It is my quest to learn how to make YIXING Teapots.
>have intrigued me
>for a long time and now I have a great passion to learn how to make them.
>Does anybody on the list know of any workshops coming up that they could
>recommend. Also articles etc. would be appreciated."
>We carry a few titles on Yixing ware and although there is some technical
>info in at least one of the books, they are not technical/how-to books.
>Richard Notkin and Ah Leone are two potters who do workshops and from whom
>you could learn much from.
>The Potters Shop
>31 Thorpe Rd.
>Needham MA 02494, USA
>781 449 7687
>fax: 781 449 9098
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MaryBeth Bishop on fri 25 jan 02
I'm sorry I've forgotten who started this post. Anyway, I am in the midst of
house clearing...way beyond cleaning...and had to wait until I came upon my
notes from the Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference last October. Now they are in
front of me.
There is a potter who belongs to the Clay Connection and lives in Northern
Virginia or maybe just over the Maryland line. Anyway his name is Dave
Straney. He presented a wonderful workshop on Yixing syle teapots at that
conference. Surely someone on the list will know how to contact him if you
put out a call.
Dave has a nice Yixing collection. Has done some interesting research in
developing clays from what is available through suppliers. Is technically
proficient and knows something of teas and tea traditions. As I remember he
is not a full time potter but makes about one Yixing style teapot a month.
Very generous, knowledgeable and organized.
His workshop was totally filled but he allowed some of us to just watch. If
I had the chance to take a workshop with him I would jump at it. Not really
my work style but so enjoyable in the moment with him as a guide.
Mary Beth Bishop