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by Mark-S
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Yes, I think any teapot will eventually seasoned anyway. So if you can live with those early sessions then a few boiling water rinses would be fine. I definitely prefer this approach. I have so far seasoned 5 pots with regular use. It took me about a week for each pot, but it's easier and the resul...
by Mark-S
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

OhThatNinja wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:10 pm
Do you guys season your new Yixing teapots prior to first use and if so, how?
It's unnecessary.
by Mark-S
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

@Admar

Nice pot ;)
by Mark-S
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

@Youzi

That's a very beautiful pot :o and thanks for the further information on the iron content in clay.
by Mark-S
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Bok The point is that because of temporary reduction environment iron in the clay ( red hematite or yellow hydroxide ) turns into black iron (magnetite), which is slightly magnetic. Yeah, and I thought that because in ZiNi is less iron than in Zhuni for example, the clay does not have do be black l...
by Mark-S
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Mark-S This is black bone. I don’t see anything remotely similar going on with your pot. ./download/file.php?id=5655 Thanks for the photo. ;) When I asked about my other pot it wasn't that clear: https://www.teaforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=18&p=25309&hilit=Black+bone#p25309 It's very hard to get ...
by Mark-S
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

@Youzi

Slate grey is not really a brown shade to me but if that's normal... thank you - mystery solved. :D In this case the other pot is also most likely "normal" ZiNi and not black bone, because the color was slate grey too (if I remember correctly).
by Mark-S
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Youzi wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:20 pm
That looks more dark brown to me, not black bone.
It's not black but also definitely not brown. I would describe the color as slate grey. Is this normal for some ZiNi?
by Mark-S
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

I just noticed that one of my larger F1 ZiNi pots has a little crack on the lid. :? The clay looks similar to the other one. So F1 pots with "black bone" do not seem to be that rare after all (given that this is really black bone and not just odd clay).
by Mark-S
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

@Youzi

Okay, thank you :D I'm not that orderly so my pots have some stains on the inside/outside, but for now I only rinse them with water and let them air-dry.

@Balthazar

With an antique I would also be even more careful and would try to avoid any stains. :)
by Mark-S
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Youzi wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:50 pm
They clean it because it's ugly and just Commons sense to take care of your expensive and artful teapots. (yixing culture, as far as I know)
Do you clean your pots on the inside with something different than water?
by Mark-S
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

But that would be the inside of the pot, no? Even if one believes mineral deposits or tea stains could be unhealthy, unless you're in the habit of licking your pot I fail to see how having them on the outside of your pot could harm you. Yeah, personally, I don't think that this is unhealthy. Only i...
by Mark-S
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Balthazar 1) Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Hahaha ;) 2) I don't know for sure, but I have read in some blog that many Chinese would clean their Yixing pots regularly (even from the inside), because they fear that this accumulated gunk could be unhealthy. I am not talking about the pa...
by Mark-S
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

You can pour the rinse on your pot and ime, it does not end up looking like that. That's good to know. Maybe if it takes too long with one of my other pots to develop a patina (especially the ZiNi pots) I'll try this. With the 40ml pot I did not need to do this. On the photo the pot looks a bit mor...
by Mark-S
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3094
Views: 230453

Re: Yixing

Youzi Sorry, that I misunderstood you. I won't pour tea over my pots, because I really don't like these stains you can see on the pots from teachat. They are ugly and maybe even unhealthy. Btw, you can just rinse the pot with hot water after you put the lid on, then you avoid uneven stain. Thanks, ...