Zisha Clay Factory No.1

Not exactly a pleasant day to go for a walk or to do any sightseeing, but since there was a power-outage all morning we went out anyways to see Zisha Factory No.1

There are 2 entrances to it, both guarded.

and inside it’s almost all occupied by individual shops.

some bigger than others

but also real small studios with potters at work

as well as some older interconnected buildings

More fancy shops with well known owners and there is also a museum. Well, at least that’s what the sign says but its more a collection of pots and objects the artists made who have a shop in the building. Some have rather interesting pots on display, like the one in clay-mill style or the extremely flat fei xiang hu.

some studios do have a bit of clay for the work at hand

Now we asked people and walked around to see if there is any clay stored anywhere or maybe even produced or sold. Guess what, after wading along a muddy road we found it and there is a massive amount of clay!

And the equipment on the next pictures might look familiar if you read my post about Yixing clay a while back. Clay is also made right here.

Now, if you paid close attention to the picture with the little pushcart and if you can read Chinese it might dawn on you already. The clay in there is not high quality clay used for teapots, but to make large flower pots like these:

Sorry to disappoint you, but no old clay is being stashed away in Factory No.1

The artisans we spoke to there had of course already told us that the clay they use is not from inside Factory No.1 but that they have their individual sources and storage.

Because it’s just across the road we also had a quick look in Factory No.4, they too make flower pots and other clay accessories, some of which are rather pretty.

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3 Responses to Zisha Clay Factory No.1

  1. I am working on a wikipedia article on factory #1. could I use some of your photos please?

  2. This is what I have so far… I think your images would make it MUCH better.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yixing_Teapot_Factory_No.1#History

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