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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
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.