During the symposium Jeroen Bechtold was asked to design some more pots for Yixing.

An extraordinary thing (as to the Chinese, China is the centre of the world), to allow a foreigner to have this enormous honour. In the 2 years that followed, Jeroen designed 3 more teapots, of which this is one.

below you can see some background on this pot

 

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This pot too, started its life in a computer, as early as 1997.
At that time, the drawings and renderings were sent by fax to China.
As 'payment' for his work, Jeroen received a very limited amount of the actual pots that were shipped to the Netherlands...


They are immaculate, designed by a master, handmade by a master, 
they are very rare and thus expensive...

 

Jeroen Bechtold  Yixing Series  1997 

CIRCLE

 

Signed by stamps, incl. designstamp  

Handmade by
Wei-Fen Ku (Guh Wei Fen)

The really limited series. As far as I know, only something like 10 pots have been made in total. The ones that remained in China have found their proud owners.
I have 3 in total, 2 of them can be sold.

 

yixing circle

 

yixing circle

 

 

15,5 x 7 x 10 cm

 

price: € 8.950.- 

 

 

 

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yixing circle signature

signature "design Jeroen Bechtold" + makers marks

yixing circle

 

 

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some background with this teapot

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Some pictures that survived.

the top one is the wireframe model, Designing in 1997, you'd use wireframe so that the computer would not slow down too much.

The Sillicon Graphics Indigo, I used was fast enough to do simple shading in real time, which was an enormous help.

Furthermore, the software I used (Deskartes) was (and is) a tool I could play with. PLAY being the most important part of everything I do.

 

 

 

Needless to say, maybe, is that the craftmanship with which these pots were made, is 'quite something'. To keep a circle round and thin and strong is an achievement that is worth mentioning.

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The picture here is a shaded rendering of the teapot from 3 different angles in one shot.

In this way it was possible for the Yixing Master who was going to make the pot with their hands, to imagine what the looks should be.

Communication was limited to images, as too much 'got lost in translation' any other way...

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The picture here is another one of the faxed images.

Due to expensive storage in the nineties, the pictures were highly compressed and as small as possible. Especially transferring pics from one computer to another was problematic as that had to be done using floppy disks...
such a device could hold 1.44 Mb of information

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