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Here are some of the famous and well known Zisha artists.
Gong Chun (Ming Dynasty)
According to historical records dated back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the first ever Zisha potter was a monk named GongChun of the JinSha temple in Yixing.

GongChun was originally a servant boy accompanying his master studying in the JinSha temple where he often saw and watched an old monk making teapots from Zisha clay during his spare time. Over time GongChun slowly acquired the techniques and skills of working and refining Zisha clay and producing Zisha teapots. Today, GongChun’s works are no longer exist and there are only a few incomplete and broken teapots remained. One of his teapots (without original lid) is currently collected in China National Museum of History.


Shi DaBin (Ming Dynasty)
The son of Shi Peng (one of the four most famous potters of the JiaJing and WanLi period of the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644). Shi DaBin was the most renowned potter after GongChun and lived in the time of WanLi period 1573-1620. Most Yixing teapots produced before the time of Shi DaBin were relatively large and it’s not until Shi DaBin’s time that the techniques of making Yixing teapots becoming mature and refined, and smaller size teapots were beginning to appear.

Chen MingYuan (Early Qing Dynasty)
The most recognized Zisha potter after Shi DaBin. Lived in the KangXi period of the early Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Also known as HuYin, Chen was praised as the most talented and outstanding Zisha potter of all time even surpassing GongChun and Shi DaBin. Chen was the first Zisha potter to pioneer engraving and inscribing poems on Zisha teapots. Some of Chen’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China.

Yang PengNian (Late Qing Dynasty)
A renowned Zisha potter lived in the time of QinLong and JiaQing period of late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Yang excels in painting, calligraphy, engraving and forming spout with a natural look and feel. His works are elegant and achieved the highest of perfection. Some of Yang’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China.

Wu YunGen (1892 - 1969)
A great and well known artist, lived through the time of Qing Dynasty’s GuangXu period and the MinGuo. Also known as ZhiLai, Wu started his apprenticeship learning the art of Zisha teapots at the age of fourteen. Wu was appointed as technical supervisor by the government of JiangSu province in 1956. Many of Wu’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China.

Pei ShiMin (1892 - 1976)
A great and well known artist, lived through the time of Qing Dynasty’s GuangXu period and the MinGuo. Also known as DeMing, Pei started his apprenticeship learning the art of Zisha teapots since his childhood. Pei worked in Shanghai making antique reproduction teapots before the Chinese civil war started in the 1930s. Many of Pei’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China.

Wang YinChun (1897 - 1977)
A great and well known Zisha artist lived through the time of Qing Dynasty’s XuanTong period and the MinGuo. Born in ShangYuan village of Yixing, Wang started his apprenticeship learning the art of Zisha teapots at the age of thirteen. Wang made his name during the 1920s through his talented skills of producing Zisha teapots using Zhu Ni clay. Wang was worked in Shanghai making antique reproduction teapots before the Chinese civil war started in the 1930s.

Wang was appointed as technical supervisor by the government of JiangSu province in 1956. By the end of 1950s there were some fifty students practicing and learning under the guidance of Wang. Simple and plain geometric styling is the features of Wang’s works and his works were often used as state gifts. Many Wang’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China and overseas.


Zhu KeXin (1904 - 1986)
A great and well known Zisha artist lived through the time of Qing Dynasty’s KwongShin period and the MinGuo. Born in ShuShan of Yixing and was originally named as KaiChang. Zhu started his apprenticeship learning the art of Zisha teapots at the age of fourteen. Zhu was appointed as technical supervisor by the government of JiangSu province in 1956 and had over thirty students practicing and learning under his guidance. Zhu was particularly skillful in applying decorations to teapots and had created hundreds of designs during the 60s and 70s. Many Zhu’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China and overseas.

Gu JingZhou (1915 - 1996)
A great and very well known Zisha artist. Gu started his apprenticeship learning the art of Zisha teapots at the age of eighteen. Gu worked in Shanghai making antique reproduction teapots before the Chinese civil war started in the 1930s. Gu was appointed as technical supervisor by the government of JiangSu province in 1956. Gu’s works are well received and highly praised by connoisseurs in China and overseas particularly in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and South East Asia. Many Zhu’s works are collected in many museums and art galleries in China and overseas.

Jiang Rong (1919 - 2008)
An outstanding Grand Master artist, born in QianLuo of Yixing in 1919, member of the China national arts and crafts society and the commissioner of the China arts design consortium. Jiang started her apprenticeship learning Chinese arts at the age of eleven. Jiang was appointed as technical supervisor by the government of JiangSu province in 1957. Jiang excels in design and workmanship and has a unique styling of creating realistic figurines and flowers. Many of Jiang’s are collected in museums and art galleries in China and overseas.

Wang YinXian
Grand Master artist, born in DingShu of Yixing in 1943, member of the China national arts and crafts society and the commissioner of the arts institute of JiangSu province. Wang excels in design and workmanship, and can skillfully embodying the beauty of natural living beings in the objects she creates. Wang’s works are often used as state gifts are highly praised by connoisseurs in China and overseas. Wang’s works have been exhibited in more than twenty countries including Singapore, Japan, Australia, USA and Germany. Some of Wang’s works are collected in museums and art galleries in China and overseas.

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