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Among collectors of fine yixing teapots the "ring" test is cherished by some to identify "true" zuni yixing clay. It is unclear to me to what extent the zuni technology is about the composition of the clay, and to what extent it is about craftsmanship and firing. Many people say this clay is "extinct" and there will never be teapots like those of previous eras. Could this really be the case? I have tried banging on many pots and having the pot on a soft surface is a must. Isn't this a just a test of thickness and how high fired a pot is? I also make these kinds of teapots-- and I always wonder how to recreate the very best aspects of the craft.
Yes, Clay Can Take You Around the World: Experiencing Korea and China Slide Presentation by John Baymore, NHIA Ceramics Faculty In this evening slide talk, ceramics department faculty member John Baymore will discuss his recent experiences in the Far East. In the first half, he will show images from the spring 2012 MunGyeong Chasabal (teabowl) Festival in South Korea, where John was an invited demonstrating artist and in which his work won the Silver Prize. The second half will cover his experiences as an invited lecturer at the Yixing Ceramics and Culture Festival in Yixing, Peopleâ€™s Republic of China in the spring of 2013, where he was awarded a Guest Professorship at the Wuxi Institute of Art and Technology. Watch for this Asian focused program to be continued early next semester with an additional presentation on Johnâ€™s summer spent working in Japan in 2013. This FREE presentation is open to both the NHIA Community and the general public. There will be an opportunity after the presentation for informal discussion and to see some ceramic work John brought back from China and Korea. WHEN: Wednesday November 20th 6PM WHERE: NHIA Ceramics Department Lower Level, 77 Amherst St. Manchester, NH Parking available on the street or in the lot on Concord Street. JohnBaymore-KoreaChinaLecture2013flyer.pdf