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Double Unique Jizhou ware_ Wood Leaves and Decals

Jizhou ware is located in Yonghe Town, Ji’an, Jiangxi Province. It belonged to “Jizhou” in the Song Dynasty, hence its name. Jizhou ware is a complete kiln, and its imitation and originality are excellent. The products include Ding Kiln, Cizhou ware, Hutian Kiln, Jianyao, Longquan Kiln and other styles. Compared to building a kiln, rabbit hair has its own flavor and has its own advantages and disadvantages. In addition, the original hawksbill, stickers, and wooden leaves are all well-known products. Becoming the favorite of many collectors in China today. The most precious among them is the wooden leaf cup.

Jizhou Woodleaf Potherb

The output of wood leaf lamps in Jizhou ware is very small, and the number of wood leaf lamps in existence is very small at present. The prevailing view is that leaves are “mulberry leaves”, and there was a saying at that time that “mulberry leaves can promote meditation”. The production method is to first ferment the mulberry leaves to leave only the veins, then dip them in glaze and stick them inside the tea pot, and burn them in the kiln.

The current “King of Wood Leaves” is a mulberry leaf lamp collected by the Jiangxi Provincial Museum, unearthed from the Zhao family tomb in the second year of the Kaixi reign of the Southern Song Dynasty in Shangrao (1206). The mulberry leaves are large and golden in color, with visible textures. Pouring them into the water gives the impression that the leaves are floating in the water. Extremely ingenious, surpassing nature. The leaves of this type of mulberry leaf calyx are either stretched or curled, or two or three pieces are attached to the base of the calyx, or one and a half pieces are attached to the edge of the calyx, each piece has its own flavor. This kind of lamp is the harmonious integration of Folk art and nature, and the perfect carrier of Zen culture and Tea culture.

Jizhou Paper Cuttings decal lamp

In addition to wood leaf lamps, Jizhou ware also has an original craft of Paper Cuttings and decal porcelain. This kind of work is made by kiln workers who use Paper Cuttings technology to cut out some popular patterns, and then paste them on the glaze and tear them off, forming patterns and firing them in the kiln. The overall effect is like a silhouette, with a two-dimensional visual feel. After pouring the tea, under the sway of the water patterns, one can see the patterns appearing faintly, dimly and dimly, reminiscent of the reflection on the lake under the bright sun, or the shadow puppetry performance under the hanging moon, which is quite interesting. The patterns of Paper Cuttings and decal porcelain include all kinds of animals, birds, flowers, and auspicious words. Nowadays, some researchers believe that this type of decal craftsmanship imitates the concept of “Tea Hundred Dramas” and inherits the Northern Song pottery gameplay of “Leakage Shadow Spring”. The Qing Yi Lu once recorded that “tea reached its peak in the Tang Dynasty, and in modern times, there were people who used soup to transport daggers. Don’t use magic tricks to make the soup veins and water veins look like objects. It belongs to animals, insects, fish, and flowers and plants, and is delicate and picturesque. However, the old must be scattered and destroyed. This change in tea is also known as” Tea Baixi “by people at that time. It seems that craftsmen in Jizhou have simplified the extremely difficult “Tea Hundred Dramas” through simple decal techniques. With various types of stickers, ordinary tea drinkers only need to gently stir the tea soup to feel the flowers and birds in front of them, which is indeed a clever move.


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