For this series of teapots Mr. Yang decided to use a local, wood fired kiln that is known to impart a unique golden-yellow metallic sheen to the pieces fired within. Given the radiance of this unique color, we decided to name this series "Golden Sunrise". Each teapot features a flower motif hand carved from locally sourced brightly colored clay. With the exception of the Double Orchid style, all pieces have a motto inscribed on the back. Instead of a motto, the Double Orchid has a second orchid motif on the back.
Chrysanthemum - Persevere. Face the challenge. Keep doing the right thing, and your dreams will come true. （傲然之志經霜不凋）
Orchid - A pure aroma can be perceived from even 1000 kilometers away（一縷清香傳千里）Figurative meaning: A truly upstanding person is obvious even from far away.
Plum - Be fearless of bad situations, keep moving forward. （不畏逆境，勇往直前）
Bamboo - Be humble and keep the right principles, step by step you will reach success （ 清風亮節、節節高升 ）
The tea ware presented here are from the studio of the Yang family. Yang Jiaquan started his career working for a large factory that produced luxury porcelain dolls for wealthy clients in Europe and America. After several decades of making artisanal goods for other people, Mr. Yang decided to pursue his art by founding his own pottery studio in his hometown of Miaoli City. Today, Mr. Yang, along with his wife, Gu Yaoxiang, and daughter, Yang Yijuan, both talented potters in their own rights, continue to create some of the most beautiful pottery in Taiwan.
The Yang family's dedication to traditional, artisan techniques results in truly one of a kind pieces. It takes an average of seven days to finish a simple teapot, with more complex pieces taking up to fourteen days to complete. In fact, making the flowers for their teapots takes a minimum of 3 days. If they are not completely satisfied with the finished piece, they recycle it and start again. This dedication to aesthetic is what sets the Yang family apart.