In Jianshui purple pottery, there are some unknown authors and studio teapots, which are actually very good. If you take a close look at their works, you will find that they are very careful and patient in dealing with the details. If you put their works together with those rough ones, you can see who is good and who is bad.
Regardless of the author and artistry, if each purple pottery pot is considered as a product, the quality of its workmanship is mainly reflected in the following details. In fact, the works of famous masters and works of art promotion must pass the basic quality of workmanship before they can talk about anything else.
Detail 1: water outlet
The water hole is drilled from the outside to the inside. After being made, we can only observe from the inside of the pot. Generally, the water outlet is symmetrical, quadrilateral, hexagon, octagon, and even close to the circle. When drilling water holes, each hole should be drilled vertically and the distance should be evenly distributed to make a symmetrical shape. In some teapots, the shape of the water outlet is asymmetric and the distance between the holes is uneven. One is that it looks ugly, and the other is that it affects the water outlet effect.
Detail 2: air hole
Most of the air holes are located directly above the pot button, so it is not difficult to make it. However, for example, the bridge shaped pot button, such as the stone ladle pot, is located under the pot button, and the location is difficult to manage. Many of the teapots with rough workmanship are simply treated around the air holes, and some of them will crack slightly after firing.
Detail 3: bonding
Here we mainly talk about the joint between the spout and the handle. If it is well bonded, the effect is like that the spout and the handle are pulled out from the body of the pot, and there is no trace of adhesion. The common problem here is that there is slight protrusion at the bonding part, or obvious plastering shape after firing, or slight cracking after firing.
Detail 4: compactness of lid
The shrinkage rate of Jianshui purple pottery is large, so if the ratio is not properly handled, the lid and the mouth of the pot can not be closely connected. The teapot with good compactness can rotate smoothly without shaking left and right. Some teapots will shake slightly, even if it will not affect the air tightness, but it will give people the feeling of discomfort.
Detail 5: trachoma
I think the main reasons for sand holes are as follows: the mud contains hard impurities, which are just located on the surface of the pot; there is little air in the mud that is not discharged, resulting in bubbles during firing; the craftsman is careless and the tools are scratched. These causes lead to sand holes during grinding.
Detail 6: uneven decoration of calligraphy and painting
Calligraphy and painting decoration, people’s attention is focused on the calligraphy and painting, especially color filling, it is easy to hide defects, and it is not easy to be found, I have also encountered this situation. The best way to buy is to touch it with your hand and check for defects.
Detail 7: uniformity of grinding
The difficulty here mainly lies in the places that are not easy to be polished or damaged, such as the joint of the spout and handle, the inside of the handle, the bottom of the bridge shaped pot button, the mouth of the spout, etc. These places need patience and care. The qualified works are polished evenly, flat to the touch, uniform in color, and excessively natural; those unqualified can see obvious grinding traces with slight bulges or depressions, which makes people feel uncomfortable.
It’s not easy to do all the above seven details well, but some people are very patient to do it. No matter who the author is, it’s worth owning. It’s natural that the price is higher. Even if there are not many people who know about this kind of author at present, he will surely be known in the future if he adheres to such a spirit. The works of famous artists should first focus on the details, and then talk about their own personality and art. Otherwise, it would be a castle in the air.