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Art Tools are Part of Art Works TM
December 31, 2001.
We are excited to announce the Grand Opening the web-store
of the Chinese Clay Art, USA. Our goal is to provide inventive,
specialized, and inexpensive Chinese clay tools, brushes,
ceramic-related books, and other products to serve the world
of ceramic artists.
China, a country with one of the largest populations in the
world, has labor costs much lower than compared to that of
developed countries. Since China became a WTO member in December
2001, competition will increase with international trading
I was born in Shanghai, one of the largest cities in China.
I immigrated to the US in 1989 and live in the San Francisco
Bay Area now. Shanghai and San Francisco are classified as
"closed port" cities by China and the United States. Because
of this, we can import some products with lower shipping costs.
After a few years of teaching ceramics at our studio, I invented
the Plastic Texture Mat, and applied for a patent in China.
I went to China in October 2001 and made connections with
some Chinese factories. I now have a factory producing the
Texture Mat there. Also I found that we could get good deals
on ceramic tools, brushes, and other products direct from
manufacturers. Now we offer not only the patented Plastic
Texture Mat, but also special hand-made Yixing clay tools,
Chinese ceramic art books, and other common clay tools and
brushes as well. We would like to work with US distributors,
and we may offer discount for wholesale customers.
Comments and suggestions are very welcome! We hope we may
grow with you together!
Guangzhen Zhou, Director Tutorial
Yixing Hand-Made Tools. In Yixing, China, there are thousands
of people making teapots. The artisans believe that clay tools
are part of their clay work, and many artisans make their
own clay tools. Specifically, Yixing artisans like to use
bamboo and water buffalo horn to make their clay tools. Bamboo
tools are quite durable and water buffalo horn tools are smooth
but no stick to the clay like other materials.