Bifei Cao & Adam Robinson Criscuolo: "Breathe-An Explanation of Yixi Tea Pot"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bifei Cao & Adam Robinson Criscuolo

"Breathe-An Explanation of Yixi Tea Pot"

Whole set: H13” X W15 ½” X L15 ½”

Teapot: H8'' x W2 1/2'' x L4 1/2"

 

Sterling silver, Patina copper, Color pencil painting, Walnut, Poplar, Masonite

 


Collaborative Process

Drawing inspiration from The Wu Xing (Chinese: 五行; pinyin: wǔxíng), or the Five Movements, we enclosed the historic Chinese philosophy into the tea set and express them through forms, materials and symbols. 

Bifei Cao: By researching the characteristics of Yixing clay teapots, I created the tea set  that incorporated the size of Yixing teapots with Western contemporary metalsmithing concepts and techniques. These forms that I created are drawn from the nature, which relected the idea of five elements; clouds float in the air; trees grow up from land developing with human-made buildings mutually. Everything is related but also restrainted with each other in the world. 

Adam R. Criscuolo:  Being a furniture designer and woodworker, I was intrigued when Bifei introduced the Wu Xing 5 element theory of the world, which included wood.  Having grown up with the backdrop of dense New England foliage, wood is thoroughly woven into the fabric of my subconscious- and is among other things, a key source of inspiration, and choice material.  The diagram shown above was a great platform to work off of.  Being a functional piece first, I allowed the parameters of a basic tea set guide the design of the piece.  The breakdown of elements into abstracted geometric forms created natural platforms for each element that Bifei produced in metal.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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