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Taking Tea in Milan: Yixing by Christopher Jenner

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Londoners love their tea. After a heavy day, what could be more refreshing in the busy capital? So, imagine SEEN’s delight when we saw the new Yixing range designed by Christopher Jenner. We can’t wait for this distinctive collection to hit London, hopefully later in the year.

The range debuts in this year’s Salone Di Milano. ‘The Tea House’ by Christopher Jenner presents Yixing (ee-shing), a new collection of contemporary ceramic homeware, made using the famous purple Zisha clay from Yixing in Eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

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Yixing pottery can be traced back to the North Song Dynasty (960-1127 A.D.) when the properties of the material were celebrated as the finest in which to brew tea. Following a trip to China, Jenner discovered the clay and was captivated by its texture and richness of colour. The collection reflects the desire of today’s consumer for narrative and heritage.

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These simple, yet elegant pieces together comprise a complete tableware collection including a tea service, plates, storage jars, jugs, vases, plates and bowlsall fired to the same rich, reddish characteristic colour.

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The Yixing collection, designed by Christopher Jenner, has been crafted by skilled artisans using ancient techniques practised over centuries. Jenner’s design puts a contemporary edge on ceramics renowned for their qualities since the 9th century.

The collection will be available to purchase in April.

www.yixingceramics.com

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