In the annals of Changwu, it is mentioned that the purple clay pot "does not capture the fragrance and does not have the smell of cooked soup", which gives a high evaluation on the practical performance of the purple clay pot. As one of many tea sets, the purple clay pot is known as the "king of tea sets". Today, I share with you a pure manual work "six way ball jug", the raw ore Di Cao Qing, with a capacity of 150ml, Author: Qian Wei, a young and powerful craftsman who insists on making pots by hand, won the first prize in the 2019 full handcraft competition and the second prize in the 2020 full handcraft competition. Qian Wei evolved from the classic tool type ball jug. The ball jug has a long history and has been prosperous through the baptism of years, showing strong artistic vitality.
The six square ball jug not only changes the round ware into a square ware, but also grasps the geometric art perfectly. It also shows the geometric elements of proportion, balance, charm, rhythm, contrast, coherence and coordination incisively and vividly. It is amazing. Square ware and round ware are the two basic types of light ware. Square ware is formed by inserting the barrel, The round ware is formed by flapping the round barrel. Because the square ware is easier to crack in the firing process, it is more difficult to manufacture. The industry has always said that "one side equals ten circles". The six sides are the basic shape. The body barrel is decorated with edges and lines on the basis of the round ball. The block surface is clear, straight and neat, adding a bit of strength to the original thick, powerful, full and stable body barrel, The bottom of the pot is six square flat feet, standing stably on the plane, giving people a sense of integrity and atmosphere; The pot has a short neck and powerful lines, giving people a sense of atmosphere and neatness, and the lip edge of the pot mouth is prominent; The lid is in the form of a gland. The six sides of the hexagonal lid fit closely with the spout. There is no running line between the edge of the lid and the spout. It is three-dimensional and atmospheric.
The lid is hemispherical, and the edge line of the lid surface is connected with the pot body. It is smooth and powerful, complete in one go, exquisite in structure, and can be seen that the production is rigorous. The pot button is a hexagonal sphere, full but not bulky. The pot button is located at the commanding height of the whole pot, It can be described as the finishing touch, which brings the aura and charm of the work. A curved flow comes out of the pot body, is connected with the body barrel in a concealed way, the flow mouth is neat, the pot flow has a degree of turning, the radian is soft and powerful, and is very dynamic. The ring handle echoes with it, rises evenly, and turns powerfully. The flow and handle are decorated with edges, and the shape echoes with the pot body, adding a bit of strong strength and dynamic. On the clay, This pot is made of high-quality raw ore Di Cao Qing. It has full particles and high tea quality. After long use, it becomes more and more moist, and the surface is suffused with dumb light, which adds a bit of elegant beauty to the work. The famous Chinese educator Huang Yanpei once said that "harmony is like spring breeze, solemnity is like autumn frost; take the image from money, the outer circle and the inner side". This sentence accurately includes the meaning of the combination of square and circle. We should have integrity and principles in dealing with people, but we should not be stubborn. We should be tolerant and kind to others, which can be rounded. It is a kind of life wisdom like a fool and an open-minded and optimistic attitude towards life. The development of the idea of "harmony between square and round" still deeply affects everyone. The ancients used to define the heaven and the earth by the square and the round. Taking the meaning of the heaven, the round and the place, the six square ball jug kept pace with the times, pushed through the old and brought forth the new, flexibly transformed between the square and the round, and the process was superb, showing the modeling characteristics of the combination of the square and the round, which derived the philosophical thought of the combination of the square and the round, and improved the cultural artistic conception of the work.