Master Zhang's Wood Fired 'Mirror' Teapot [Tai Chung Taiwan]
Name : Master Zhang's Wood Fired 'Mirror' Teapot
Studio : Master Zhang's, Tai Chung Taiwan
About the studio : Mr Zhang lives with his parents in Tai Chung; making teaware in the living room of his family home & is a maniac of precision.
This beautiful pot is made with a blend of clay - Miaoli region clay - an area in the centre of town well known for its clays [which are traditionally used to make big vats for soy sauce and aged wines] mixed with porcelain. Different blends give different hues. High porcelain is good for fragrant tea and low porcelain is good for aged teas - this is around a half half mix. There is no glaze on this piece just the minerals in the clay which fuze during wood firing. Firing is undertaken in snake kilns [also seen in Japan and Korea] which are loaded with teaware & wood. You start the fire at the base and it moves up. The kiln is built on a slope which acts as a natural chimney - and the input is controlled for a slow burning process.