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Masters of the purple clay

Updated: 2021-02-20 09:33 ( China Daily )
A classical form of a purple clay teapot. [Photo provided to China Daily]

"In my family each generation carries on with the work of the previous one and contributes something new."

While teapot making is still purely handiwork, done with simple tools such as spatulas and needles of bamboo or steel, Fan and other artisans are ready to use the latest technology in their work.

"These can help you have a better perception of the dimensions and forms before they were made into clay," he says. "The practice, heritage and skills are never lost."

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