Purple Sand, Fragrant Tea: Contemporary Yixing Wares by Artists from China

Purple Sand or “zisha” refers to the dark purplish brown stoneware associated with Yixing, China. Yixing or zisha ware, is often identified with the simple, rustic teapots that gained recognition during the late Ming period in the 16th century. Chinese tea connoisseurs consider Yixing teapots the ideal tea making vessels, noting their ability to bring forth the flavor, color and fragrance of the tea leaves. Tea tasting, along with the literary pursuits of poetry, calligraphy, and painting were highly esteemed by scholar gentry who gathered in this prosperous cultural and commercial center during the Ming (1369-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

“Purple Sand, Fragrant Tea” features over 30 outstanding contemporary artists from Yixing. Included are the works of many senior masters still active today. Many are honored as national arts and crafts masters, who have in turn taught and encouraged new generations of younger potters to perfect their craft, expand beyond conventional boundaries, and seek inspiration from new sources. The exhibition focuses on masterworks created by these young and older artists within the last four years, illustrating the vital, innovative spirit that persists in Yixing today.

Free to the public, the exhibition will be on view from July 30th to November 27th, 2004 at the Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108. For more information, please call Mike Curtis at (415) 986-1822 or email to mike@c-c-c.org.

Gallery Hours: 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Free Admission