The wood-fired teacup is hand painted by the artist Fu ,member of the Chinese Calligrapher Association in Jingdezhen. Fu has practiced calligraphy for over 20 years in which time he has developed a calm personality and made the writing skill honed immensely. His calligraphy is appreciated widely for its concision and pleasing aesthetics.
The teacup stands out for the hand written xinjing in a form of regular script around the whole body, giving it an ancient appearance. Appearing like a worn written paper out of the tumb.
Made of white ceramic, the teacup is mottled with black throughout which results from the interaction with the flame and ash in a complicated firing process, giving an impression of Chinese ink wash painting. The teacup actually is not only a piece of craft , but acts more like a timeline that manifests how much time the artist spent working on it with the expert painting skill .
The teacup holds approximately 170 ml of liquid , making it ideal for an intimate tea session exclusive of a fair cup if you just want to simplify the session when you are more focusing on other things . As the rim is pinched out slightly , the teacup offers pleasure to hold and prevent the fingers from the heat.
Note: A woodfired painted piece is usually accomplished by two steps as follows:
(I)A piece is made of unglazed or glazed clay then fired for a few days and nights straight under over 1300℃ using a lot of wood in the kiln before being painted as a normal piece is done.
(II) An artist will select a woodfired piece with a one-of-kind pattern or color resulted from firing which may come to him/her in a flash of inspiration. Then they will develop a scene, portrait or object on the piece depending on its appearance before a second firing to protect the painting from fading.