Yixing meets Illusionism
Leon is a Taiwanese potter working in his own version of
the Yixing tradition, in which he has melded Yixing with modernism
in the form of his illusionistic works.
His 'wooden' teapots, made from Yixing stoneware (a.k.a.
in China as 'purple clay') are highly realistic. Although some traditional
Yixing teapots also imitated wood, Ah Leon's works are by no means
copies. Working in this tradition, Ah Leon also found it necessary
to develop his knowledge of the Chinese Tea Ceremony. He is now
also a tea ceremony instructor as well a consulting editor to Taiwanese
tea magazines Purple Sands Magazine and Tea Pot World.
Ah Leon was already working in a contemporary manner
when he visited the USA in 1987. That visit was to have a great
impact on his work, which then became larger and more expressive.
works have been purchased by various galleries in Taiwan, the US
and elsewhere, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. He
is represented in the US by Garth
Clark Gallery, NY.
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