• by vinux

The production of a purple clay teapot requires skill and patience. It takes about one month for an artisan to make a pot from start to finish, depending on the complexity of the design. The process includes forming, trimming, glazing, firing, and polishing. First, the clay is mixed with water and then hand-formed into the desired shape while it’s still wet. After it dries slightly, it’s trimmed with knives to refine the shape and details. Next, it is painted with special glaze inside and out before being fired in a kiln at high temperatures. Finally, after cooling down, the teapot is polished to give it a smooth finish.

The sand sea has an ink rhyme.

As the saying goes, slow work produces fine results. A purple clay teapot is not a fast-moving consumer product. Many pot friends are very curious about one question: How long does it take to make a purple clay teapot? Today, let’s take the whole hand as an example and talk about this question.

First of all, we need to understand that when most potters make pots, they are not making them individually, but mostly as a personal creation.

Production tools

One thing that we all may know is the production process of purple clay pottery. The fully-handmade process is quite complicated, from pounding mud pieces to cutting tools, making lids and streamers, to polishing details. Different tools and molds are used in each step. Making each piece separately requires frequent changing of tools and molds, which is too inefficient.

Secondly, if only one piece of this model is made, it needs to be fired in the kiln after the body of the pot is completed, but it is not fully controllable in the kiln. If there are defects or cracks, and the firing process has problems, then it will not only waste the effort put into making the pot but also cannot be explained to customers. Therefore, we will never make just one piece.

At the same time, due to the different pottery types of each craftsman, the degree of delicacy, production requirements and other factors will affect the completion time of a pot.

Six-sided ancient style production photo shoot.

After understanding this, everyone should understand that the time it takes to complete a pot is not something that can be accurately quantified, as there are many factors involved.

For example, Wang Yinchun, one of the Seven Lao Masters of Purple Sand, is the most productive and quickest among the seven Lao artists. When he worked at the Purple Sand Factory, he could finish two imitations of ancient raw pots in one day, which should also be regarded as the fastest speed for making pots.

Traditional imitation of antiquity

Mr. Jingzhou once had a batch of custom pieces, which he and his assistants completed in more than 30 days, with 110 one-flap imitation ancient style pieces. This was the greatest concentrated creation in Mr. Gu’s life and also the only one. Calculated this way, it was barely two pieces per day on average.

The Pavilion of Appreciation has a saying in imitation of antiquity: “As the boat passes by the scenic shore, even one’s thoughts become beautiful”.

To get back to what was said earlier, the examples mentioned above are mostly fast-paced cases. At that time, there were tasks to be completed with a focus on quantity and quality, instead of focusing on process details.

When it comes to personal pottery creations, the amount of time needed to complete one piece can be quite long.

As Mr. Wang Yinchun mentioned above, it took him two months to finish the pitcher with a skirt and a beam.

Wang Yinchun made the skirt with flower pattern on it.

Mr. Gu Jingzhou, famous for his teapot with a wall, has been meticulously crafted for forty years.

Guo Jingzhou invented the wall ladder.

Nowadays, in terms of the guarantee of its craftsmanship and fineness, even if it’s fast, it takes several days to just finish the embryo, not to mention other processes such as carving, firing and finishing.

Therefore, a completely handmade purple sand pot takes a long time to make from start to finish. Here it is also a reminder for pot friends to pay attention to sales when purchasing.

It is quite laughable to claim that those products, which sell hundreds of thousands of pieces each month, are all created by the same author and completed entirely by hand.