Recently I spotted some ceramic cups in the tea section of a departmental store. The cups are elegantly designed and made. I liked the cups so much that I bought 2 to go with my tea drinking sessions. Nowadays this type of ceramic wares are not cheap. A full set with pot, eight cups and other accessories may cost up to a thousand dollars. Why do they cost so much? The shop attendant told me that they are branded goods and every piece was hand-made and the highest quality was ensured and guaranteed by the pottery shop. I checked the cups and they were in perfect condition, no sign of any defect. Even the glaze was evenly applied. I guessed the pottery shop must have discarded the defective pieces and only the best ones were exported. I like the design of the cups, they are just nice to go with my xishi pots for tea drinking.
|Ceramic cups bearing the shop's name at the base|
After watching that video upload, I realize that there are potters outside Yixing who make a name for themselves in the tea ware business, ie the cups they made can become collectors' items.
|A set of cups from Longquan kiln.|