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On to Yixing

Located on Great Lake (Taihu), across from Suzhou and within the "Golden Triangle," is Yixing. When many of the most renowned scholars flocked to this area in the late sixteenth century, the influx turned Yixing into a hub of intellectual activities. The life of simplicity to which many scholars had aspired drew them to the rustic stonewares of Yixing, which by that time had been in production for over five hundred years. In their understated way, Yixing wares served to exemplify a quiet and reflective aesthetic. The irregularities and seeming crudeness of the pots were in accordance with scholarly taste,...