We purchased this Chinese Tea Pot made by Guizhen Zhou (桂珍, 周) , from an antique collector in Kyoto.
Zhou is considered as a great pottery artist in China, who is granted a National Treasure status (工芸美術大師) by Chinese goverment.
As it proves her status, her works are often made as the gift to National leaders around the world who visit China.
Made with traditional technique, her works are known for its subtle elegance and color which is unique to the clay she uses.
The clay is called Zhìxiào ní (紫紅泥, purple red mud) and regarded as the best clay attainable today.