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Tea & Immortality

Contemporary Chinese Yixing Teapots from the James T. Bialac Collection

rectangular teapot decorated with the Chinese characters for "double happiness"

 

Guest lecture: April 1; 6 pm
Opening reception: April 1; 7 pm

 
The stoneware clays of Yixing, China, known locally as “zisha” or “purple sand,” have been shaped into handsome utilitarian objects since the 14th century. By the 17th century, local craftsmen were using Yixing clay to create aesthetically sophisticated teapots for the scholar gentry of China. This selection of contemporary Yixing teapots from the James T. Bialac collection represents the delightfully whimsical culmination of this tradition. This exhibition was organized by Phoenix Art Museum.

teapot incised with dragons
Rectangular teapot decorated with the Chinese characters for “double happiness”
teapot in the shape of a mythical bird