Mrs. Gan Lu and Mr. Yao Jun, a young couple in their thirties from a family of teapot makers in Yixing, hosted an exposition of the traditional Chinese Yixing purple clay teapots at Shanghai International Commodity Auction this week. Mrs. Gan is the granddaughter of the prestigious teapot master Ni Shunsheng and the fifth-generation apprentice of Yu Guoliang.
Mrs. Gan started learning making purple clay teapots at the age of 20 from her grandfather after graduation from college. At that time, she practiced using the more than 100 pieces of tools and the basic techniques for over seven hours a day for two years. She imposed highly strict standards to her works. Any flaw means a complete startup from scratch and very likely another new flowerpot on her balcony – she would not allow any flawed pieces onto the market, for the sake of the prestige of her family brand.
The works by Mrs. Gan and Mr. Yao mirror the nature of its utmost beauty. To get inspiration from the nature, they sit in meditation every morning before starting the work. Gan Lu, whose given name is Gan Qiuming, styled herself as the “morning sweet dew” (gan-lu). It is what she has been striving for that those who are enjoying tea from the tea sets made by her may feel the happiness of tasting the morning nectar.
During the exposition, the renowned painter and calligrapher Mr. Zhou Chuanyu demonstrated the techniques of inscribing Chinese painting and calligraphy on the green bodies of the purple clay teapots. Eleven pieces of work also went on the block at live.alltobid.com. The clearance rate reached 100% with a premium rate of 74.5%.
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