This tea cup is part of a small collection of ceramics from Wei’s most recent soda-firing at the Shadbolt Centre of Arts in Burnaby, BC.
Celadon is an ancient glaze with a history of more than a thousand years. For centuries, it was highly prized in the Chinese Imperial Court for its resemblance to jade.
Wei throws each cup carefully by hand. The pieces are air-dried for 3 days until they are bone dry before trimming and then bisque firing. The cup goes into the kiln without any glaze on the outside and emerges with its own unique color, texture and sheen from the atmosphere inside the kiln. Each piece is fired in the soda kiln for 2 days, where temperatures reach up to 1300°C.
The cup is stunning with an elegant shape that fits perfectly in the hand for tea. The color resembles precious jade and is delightful for spring and summer. It is marvellously semi-translucent—a result of Wei's knowledge of clay bodies and her mastery of the technique.
Each tea cup is one-of-a-kind.
Please note that crazing and cracklings will develop in the glaze on the inside. We highly recommend rinsing the cup after each use.