Friday, June 15, 2012

Czech Yixing- part two

Attentive readers of this blog maybe remember- there was 1,3kg of the Zi Ni clay delivered to my workshop and for first three teapots I have used only half of it. We unloaded kiln with the rest of the clay in it several days ago. As you probably already anticipate, I have remodeled it in to teapots. This time, I have tried to make them smaller and with different shapes.

But first, take a look at few pictures from loading of the kiln...

Some small stoneware teapots, partly glazed by Nuka...

Smallest teapot from the Czech YiXing serie...

Finally there is enough horsetail growing around so I can use it for decoration  on our pots ( you can't find  that weed during winter)

Black Magda Teapot- slip glaze (which we call "Black Magda") on porcelain body...

Thick Nuka glaze- kind of ash glaze. Yes, it is the one which you can see on "Gem Number One"

Here you can see two of those "YiXing" coldest part of our kiln.

And the same part of the kiln after firing...

And finally, here you can judge all four "Czech YiXing" teapots I made...

For more pictures of these, please visit this picasa album

 It was pleasure to get know and work with this clay. I hope that those teapots will bring pleasure to their new owners and are going to make their teas better.

Thank you for reading!


  1. Another great post as usual Petr! I love seeing your process brought to life. Can't wait to get my hands on gem #1 :)

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  3. Great project! I have been thinking of trying something similar, though I don't have access to authentic clay like this. I plan to try with something commercially available (in France). Do you have any tips on which features of the clay "matter" most? So far I have on my list: smooth (no sand or large particles), and from reading your earlier post: low firing temperature, high iron content. Any other tips? What clays did it remind you of?

  4. Dear Margeret, I think it is actually good to try local materials. And France is very rich for this! I could recomment to look for clays with higher iron content which are not over- prossesed (more natural). Which is not easy...Try to ask potters around about natural sources or clay companies for simle clays. Clays without artificially added iron, grog, colorants...From France, I have try just this one