This artful tea pot has a rustic stone like finish dappled with dark natural charcoal blacks and greys reminiscent of the Japanese charred wood finish Yakisugi. The body of the pot has pleasant subtle dimples that welcome your touch. When the wind blows through a forest of pine trees in Japan it is said to be ‘Matsukaze’, just like how the surface of this pot appears to flutter.
The lid has a jewelry like intricacy with a round crown. The looped pot side handle has a round profile and is thoughtfully scaled to the hand. Lastly, the unassuming spout is detailed with a mesh strainer on the inside.
About the Artist
Born in Luzhou, Sichuan province of China in 1987, Cheng Wei graduated from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in 2010 and went on to set up his own studio. After being inspired by a natural wood firing process in 2013, he established his personal brand Songfeng House.
Cheng’s practice mainly revolves around teaware, favouring clay with a high iron content. “Personally, I feel that teaware made with high iron clay is perfect for tea making because the material enriches the flavour of tea. My teaware will change over time with use. Most of my teaware is left naturally finished with no glaze, and some I prefer to treat the surface with expressive layers of clay, which present a sense of age and the passing of time.”
Through an eclectic range of forms and finishes, Cheng Wei’s harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary, organic and refined, ancient and contemporary, create an exciting and endlessly unique collection.