120 ml Nixing Guangxi Clay Handmade Teapot by Li Changquan
The carving on the pot at one side means " Optimistic and full of spirit". The other side of the pot is a poem written by Chairman Mao Ze Dong during the Long March on 1935that was set to an ancient melody.
This teapot was handmade by the Nixing Clay Master Mr. Li Changquan 黎昌权. Mr. Li has over 50 years experience making Nixing Clay Teaware, having first learned the art when in his teens. Some of Mr. Li's work has even been exhibited in the Guangzhou City Art Museum 广州市艺术珍品馆. More information about Li Changquan's career can be seen in the certificate which accompanies each pot (see last photo).
These are wheel thrown Nixing clay teapots. Each are handmade using Nixing Guangxi Clay. The capacity is 120ml. The clay has a mottled, dark grey to bronze brown color which varies between each pot and is a result of the clay's natural colors and the process of firing the clay.
Nixing Clay pottery is one of the 4 famous types of Chinese ceramics, which include Yixing Zisha. Nixing ceramics are made in Qinzhou, Guangxi. The art is quite old, having been practiced over 1000 years. The clay is found in the surrounding area of Qinzhou, is environmentally friendly, and is used without adding any glaze, paint or other chemicals, making it a safe and healthy clay for use in teaware. Nixing clay is prized for its ability to take on a patina with use, like yixing, and for its degree of porosity. The clay is less porous than zisha but more than porcelain, making it a good clay for use when brewing oolong (similar use to Zhuni Zisha).