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by steanze
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 23
Views: 368

Re: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...

Here's a good example... I bought this 90ml duo qiu from Jing Tea Shop back around 2011. I think they claimed it was from the 90's. This photo was taken back when the pot was mostly unused, but if it was daylight, I'd post an updated pic for comparison and you would see that this thing glows! In co...
by steanze
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 23
Views: 368

Re: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...

If looking at teapots as tools for brewing, rather than for their collector/resale value, I think Factory pots are largely over-hyped. I have several modern pots from private studios that tend to outperform my F1 and F2 teapots. I'm not talking very expensive pots either, but pots I've paid $30-$15...
by steanze
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 409

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

@Victoria Yes, it is very thin and light. The clay is different from the shudei, it is a coarser clay with quartz particles mixed in, which show through the ash glaze. The hand-signed shudei ones can be found occasionally, the ash glazed ones are indeed quite rare.
by steanze
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 409

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Here are the signatures of my Yozan III.

This is on a shudei kyusu:
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This is on a wood fired, ash glazed kyusu:
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by steanze
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 409

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

I think many of the Yamadas I-III pots are really beautiful, it is totally worth it to get one. In my experience, the clay is very different from lao zhuni. But it is nice clay, so it's good to have one in your collection!
by steanze
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?
Replies: 33
Views: 1820

Re: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?

OCTO wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:55 am
Both are doing pretty well and far from being neglected.... hehehe.... 😂😂😂
Very nice!! :)
by steanze
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

Nice pots, I have one as well :)
by steanze
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 253
Views: 32511

Re: Yixing

I was guessing it was a replica or version of the "please drink oolong" commissioned teapots. But then I guess those commissioned teapots were all made by factory 1? No claims were made about this pot. I just liked the clay and that I got it for next to nothing! Thanks for the insight on the clay a...
by steanze
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 253
Views: 32511

Re: Yixing

Thanks! I didn't realize it was a replica of a factory 1. Would this be considered qing shui ni clay? The clay is course, but also dense (heavy.) Yes, it doesn't matter as long as it makes good tea and you were not told it is F1 :) I would just call this clay "zini". Qingshuini is a subtype of zini...
by steanze
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 253
Views: 32511

Re: Yixing

Stephen wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:21 pm
Recent acquisition. About 200ml, single hole. One of my favorite shapes. Hard to get good pics on this rainy day! Thoughts on origin, era and clay type?
Nice :) it's a zini teapot, imo a modern replica (2000s) of a late 70s-80s factory 1 teapot.
by steanze
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Patina development
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Patina development

Baking soda is mildly abrasive, if it is used very frequently it might erode the clay. Different clays pick up different amounts of shine, I would not worry too much about how much shine the pot has. I don't make special efforts to make the pots extra shiny, but I also don't think it's worth it to p...
by steanze
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Patina development
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Patina development

Usually the shine/patina is considered part of the appeal of Yixing pots, and people take effort to build up the patina on their pots. If you really want to remove the patina, you can try brushing the pot with a wet toothbrush and baking soda. But on the long run this might ruin your pot's surface. ...
by steanze
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 253
Views: 32511

Re: Yixing

2019 is starting well... a long time wish of mine, which I did not think attainable has come true: a ROC Biandeng (one of my favourite shapes) and on top of all it is Zhuni clay! Lid is a bit banged up, but I’ll probably Kintsugi it. Also the whole pot is warped from the firing, funnily the slanted...
by steanze
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?
Replies: 33
Views: 1820

Re: Are your brown/purple clay pots also lonely?

Teachronicles wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:51 pm

Is this a newer acquisition? It's a lovely shape.
I've had it for some time :) yes, I like the simple shape. I particularly like the clay :D