The friendship between gentlemen is as light as water, and the tea is refreshing and fragrant; a wonderful tea ceremony is naturally inseparable from the tea utensils at hand. In the thousands of years of tea drinking history of the Chinese, a steady stream of tea utensils with different materials and styles have been produced and spread. Various tea utensils. Among them, silver tea sets have also been highly praised by celebrities and refined scholars throughout the ages, and have been a status symbol since ancient times.
Boiling water in a silver pot can make the water soft and smooth, giving it a better taste.
"Ruofu silk water" means that the water boiled in a silver pot is as soft and smooth as silk, which makes the tea more flavorful and has a long taste.
Lu Yu, the tea sage, was fond of tea all his life and was good at it. He once mentioned in the "Tea Classic": "The pot is made of silver, which is elegant and clean. It can completely maintain the original flavor of tea and last for a long time."
"The hand falls into one hammer, and four hammers form one pattern."
Every handmade silver teapot is a valuable tea set, and it is also a beautiful work of art.
Today, Tongxinshe Tea House recommends a Hong Ji treasure, the "Fish and Lotus Leaf Silver Pot" made by teacher Hong Jike
——· Silver pot among fish and lotus leaves ·——
• Dimensions: Width 15 x Height 18cm
• Capacity: 1000ml
• Weight: 560g
• Material: Sterling Silver 999.9
• Craftsmanship: Purely handmade
Carp has many symbolic meanings, because the pronunciation of "fish" is the same as "yu", which means there will be a surplus. The pronunciation of "carp" is the same as "profit", so carp is also used to symbolize income and profit in business. It is a tradition for Chinese people to have fish in their New Year's Eve dinner, which also represents good luck for the family in the coming year. They hope that their business will be running smoothly in the year and they will be able to accumulate savings. To this day, people can still see auspicious words and blessings such as "more than enough every year" and "more than enough" on the New Year pictures posted during the Spring Festival. In addition, the use of carp to symbolize the title of the gold medal comes from the well-known legend of "carp jumping over the dragon gate". The moral of this myth and legend is very clear, that is, if you want to achieve success, you must work hard and go through hardships. This legend inspires scholars in ancient and modern times to "endure hardships in order to become a master." Only by studying hard can one stand out. Therefore, in ancient times, the carp leaping over the dragon gate was often used as a metaphor for common people to be promoted through the imperial examination, and it was also an auspicious message.
Not only that, carp is also widely used to explain the theory of Feng Shui. It can attract wealth and good fortune, and can also ward off and avoid disasters.
The "Hongji Treasure" in Heqing, Yunnan began during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty and has been passed down for five generations. They still insist on using traditional pot-making techniques. As the fourth generation descendant of "Hong Kee Treasures", Mr. Hong Jike is proficient in a variety of handmade pot making techniques.
Hong Jike, Bai ethnic group, was born in 1971. The fourth generation successor of "Hong Kee Treasure". The ninth batch of intangible cultural heritage projects in Heqing County, the representative inheritor of silver jewelry forging technology (Heqing silver forging technology).
His ancestors have been silversmiths for five generations. Since childhood, he has learned the traditional craftsmanship of gold, silver and copper crafts from his father. In 1988, he was able to independently complete the production of metal crafts. In 2005, he went to Tibetan areas to engage in the production of Tibetan Buddhist supplies. During this period, he designed and produced the "Gilded Buddha Statue". In 2007, he returned to his hometown and started making handmade silver pots and sterling silver tea sets. After more than thirty years of hard work, he has frequently produced excellent works. His works have been collected many times, and his creative styles are diversified, profound and original.
One-piece beating is a traditional craft, which means that during the pot-making process, the entire body of the pot, including the bottom, is made from one piece of silver, rather than being made separately and then welded.
"One-piece beating" is mainly divided into three levels according to the difficulty of the craftsmanship: one-piece beating for the body of the pot, one-piece beating for the mouth and the rare and rare one-piece beating for the mouth and ears.
The body of the pot is punched in one piece, which means that the body and bottom of the pot are made of a single piece of silver, and the spout is welded to the body of the pot. Although it is more common, it takes at least five years for a pot maker to master it.
The mouth-shaped pot is also called the mouth-made integrated pot. On the basis of the pot body being made one-piece, the spout is also made from the pot body.
The mouth and ears are made with one piece, and the craftsmanship is even more rare. On the basis of the mouth being made into an integrated pot, the ears are also made from the body of the pot. There are even fewer craftsmen who can master it skillfully, so it is even more precious.