Why were they so famous in the early 80s and 90s? There was a saying in Yixing during that time, in all the male potters there is Chun Fang and in all the female potters there is Pifang (男有春芳，女有碧芳), this explained their popularity among the potters in Yixing. Obviously they were well known in the art of teapot making and both shared the last name Fang. They were both senior craftsmasters and both were at a very young age. Li Pifang came to Singapore in the 1900s and brought her teapots for an exhibition organised by Chang Su Trading company. Prof Pan is also no stranger in Singapore as he visited Singapore on numerous occasions, to hold exhibition of his works and give talks to art collectors.
I have collected quite a number of their teapots and I am really pleased with them. Of course, Prof Pan is famous for his pumpkin teapots while Pi Fang was good at making teapots of traditional shape and design. She made them with such perfection that it is a pleasure to use them to brew tea. Of course one has to be very careful when handling these pots as they are really precious. Do you know why? Li Pi Fang passed away in 2004. Some one told me that she committed suicide. So there would be no teapot made by her after 2004. Prof Pan is currently of an advanced age, I am not sure if he is still actively engaged in teapot making. He used to be a professor at the Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts. He had conducted many training courses in creativity and artistic design in area of art and craft.
|Prof Pan's exhibition in 1991|
|Prof Pan's Pumpkin teapots|
|Purplish clay pumpkin set|
|Prof Pan in his early days|
|Prof Pan's name card|
|Li Pi Fang's traditional pot|
|Another of Pi Fang's work|