There are only 4 national non-genetic inheritors of purple sand! Do you know who it is?

As the saying goes: a good horse with a good saddle. For Chinese who love tea, it is natural to have a good teapot.

As a handmade clay handicraft unique to the Han people in China, purple clay pots skillfully integrate use value and ornamental value.

In the hundreds of years of purple sand development history in China, there are many famous grandmasters, such as Ming and Qing dynasties, such as Chunchun and Shi Dabin, and modern times


Ren Ganting, Pei Shimin, Wu Yungen, Wang Yinchun, Zhu Kexin, Gu Jingzhou, Jiang Rong, these seven purple sand old artists.

Seven elders of purple sand

For contemporary times, there are also many pot makers who bear the title of purple sand master. However, the China Intangible Cultural Heritage Network shows that

Today, there are only the following four national non-genetic inheritors of Yixing purple clay pottery making skills

Next, let’s get closer to the masters and learn about their work styles and masterpieces.

Image source: China Intangible Cultural Heritage Network

Xu Xiutang

Xu Xiutang was born in a family of purple clay pottery and studied under Ren Ganting, one of the “Seven Elders of Purple Sand”.

Mr. Xu Xiutang not only has a deep artistic attainment in purple clay craft, but also studies Chinese painting and calligraphy, and integrates it into purple clay craft creation.

Mr. Xu Xiutang’s works have won awards in many exhibitions at home and abroad.

It has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria Museum and British Museum, Royal Museum of Belgium and the Palace Museum in China, Nanjing Museum, Shanghai Museum, etc.

What is even more interesting is that his brother Xu Hantang is also a “master of Chinese arts and crafts”, and two national arts and crafts masters have appeared, not only the purple sand circle looks at the entire art world is also extremely rare.

Price of “Leopard” realised: 195,500 yuan (2016)

The sale price of “Divine Bird” was 149,500 yuan (2012)

“Straw Hat” sale price: 218,500 yuan (2013)

The sale price of “Silver Bridge” was $172,500 (2019)

Lu Yaochen

A native of Yixing, Jiangsu, a master of Chinese arts and crafts,

Under the guidance of Wu Yungen, a master of pot art, and later under the guidance of masters such as Zhu Kexin and Gu Jingzhou, he formed the “Lü’s pot art” with distinctive characteristics.

The “Lü’s clay grinding” technique opened by teacher Lv Yaochen, which changed the original connotation and form of purple clay pottery.

He is known as the “pot magician” and “Picasso the pot art”.

His “Human Body Series” works “Rong Tian”, “Sumo”, “Concubine”, “Lust for Love”, “Fuxi”, “Want to Release”… The perfect combination of traditional purple clay art and body art has become an important representative work of Lü Pai pot art.

The sale price of “The Concubine Out of the Bathtub” was RMB138,000 (2021)

“Panda Pot” sale price: 920,000 yuan (2016)

The sale price of “Fuxi Ti Liang Jug” was 321,338 yuan (2017)

The sale price of “The Outer Heavenly Kettle” was $264,500 (2013)

Zhou Guizhen

Born in Dingshu Town, Yixing,

Zeng worshiped Wang Yinchun and Gu Jingzhou in the “Seven Elders of Purple Sand” to learn art,

He has successively won the titles of Senior Arts and Crafts Artist, Jiangsu Province Arts and Crafts Master, Chinese Ceramic Art Master, and Chinese Arts and Crafts Master.

Teacher Zhou Guizhen’s purple clay works are atmospheric, open-minded and free-spirited, and also contain the beauty and harmony of women.

Not only is the shape beautiful and moderate, but the production art is also rigorous and simple.

Modern art masters such as Liu Haisu, Zhu Qizhan, Feng Qiyong, etc. have inscribed poems and painted on the pot of teacher Zhou Guizhen.

The National Museum of China, the China Arts and Crafts Museum, the Nanjing Museum Institute, the Hong Kong Tea Ware Museum, and the Taiwan Museum of History have successively collected Zhou Guizhen’s purple clay works.

The sale price of “Flat Bamboo Lifting Beam” was $276,000 (2013)

Earth Kettle sale price: $224,000 (2011)

The sale price of “Green Clay Tao Ling” was $124,200 (2021)

The price of “Green Clay Monk’s Hat” realised: 368,000 yuan (2011)

Wang Yinxian

Born in Dingnan Village, Dingshan Mountain, Yixing, Jiangsu, he is a master of Chinese arts and crafts.

He has successively studied under the “Seven Elders of Zisha” Wu Yungen, Jiang Rong, Zhu Kexin, Fei Shimin and others.

At 9:28 on February 28, 2018, he died of ineffective medical treatment at the age of 75.

Mr. Wang Yinxian’s attitude towards pot-making is meticulous, cautious and rigorous, and he has long been deeply observing and refining the subject matter for artistic refinement, so that the works show the beauty of image, charm and temperament.

His works have been collected by the Palace Museum, Shanghai Museum, Hong Kong Song County Cultural Relics Museum, Nanjing Museum, Taiwan Museum of History, and his works have been exhibited in more than 20 countries and regions such as Japan and the United States.

Become a competitive collector’s item for pot art lovers.

The sale price of “Cicada Clothes and Bamboo Lifting Beams” was RMB1,150,000 (2019)

The sale price of “Big Bend Plum Pile Pot” was $575,000 (2019)

The sale price of “Quju” was 2,875,000 yuan (2019)

The sale price of “The Divine Bird Out of the Forest” was $368,000 (2011)

As the saying goes, “how to take the jewelry in the world, it is like a pill of mud”, the works of the masters are really hard to find now. Xiao Zhi wants to ask everyone, if you are lucky enough to get one of them, will you really use it to make tea?

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