david p george on sat 29 dec 01
I recently attended a workshop conducted by Richard Notkin in Portland,
OR. He has a special interest in Yixing teapots and has frequently
visited the area in China where these are made. In addition to making
many of his own Yixing-style teapots (frequently with social themes), he
enjoys tasting and presenting Chinese teas.
Also just finished perusing Susan Peterson's book "Working with Clay" in
which she pictures one of Richard's teapots (double cooling tower with
mushroom cloud lid handle, p16). The written caption states: "Richard
Notkin has made a similar clay [similar toYixing clay] by mixing 50% of 2
fine-grained cone 6 commercial white clay bodies with 30% red clay and
20% ball clay for casting or hand-building his teapots."
Richard lives in Helena, Montana and is associated with the Archie Bray.
I am uncertain whether he monitors Clayart or would be willing to share
additional information about his "Yixing" claybody. Perhaps someone on
the list knows how to contact him. I'm sure there are many of us who are
interested in this subject.
Puyallup, WA where it is chilly but DRY.
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billie schwab on sat 29 dec 01
i have a friend who is telling me about yixing tea pots. from the research i
have done i have learned the yixing area, near shanghai is supposed to be
the only area in the world where the particular clay for these can be found.
it sounds like it is an earthenware type of clay with a low shrinkage and
low absorption rate. do we have anyone on the list who has a good knowledge
base of this subject, and would be willing to share? thanks in advance
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Hank Murrow on sat 29 dec 01
>i have a friend who is telling me about yixing tea pots. from the research i
>have done i have learned the yixing area, near shanghai is supposed to be
>the only area in the world where the particular clay for these can be found.
>it sounds like it is an earthenware type of clay with a low shrinkage and
>low absorption rate. do we have anyone on the list who has a good knowledge
>base of this subject, and would be willing to share? thanks in advance
I too would love to know more about the materials and their origins
that go into yishing ware. Here in Oregon, I mine a highly weathered
Andesite (volcanic) rock that is very plastic and fires to a tight ringing
body with a wonderful mahogany color @ C/6 in an electric kiln. I wonder if
the geology is similar?
Brenda Z on sun 30 dec 01
You can find a lot of information on the Web about Yixing teapots. Here is a
selection from some of the sights that I have found:
Alisa og Claus Clausen on mon 31 dec 01
Jeroen Bechtold, in Holland, is a ceramist I did a workshop with. He will
not remember me,
but I know he has great knowledge on the Yixing teapots. (Maybe if you say
we were at Potter's Camp, I am the American who lives here and we met later
at Grimmerhus to see his work). He was in China designing and
manufacturing them in the recent past. He is very has a gallery in
Amsterdam call JBK gallery, with a email at
bbvbbv2 euronet.nl. Website is www.euronet.nl/users/bbvbbv/index.html. He
very personable and will probably be able to give you a lot of interesting
Alisa in Denmark
New Year's eve and everyone is getting their fish dinner and then
to the cold, cold beach to set off a small replica of the world's best
fireworks show. Happy New Year Clayart.