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by steanze
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 80
Views: 10744

Re: Yixing advice

Hi, I have a zini pot that mutes a bit to much for my taste. it is very new though, will this muting change over time with use or will it always steal flavor? It could mute a bit less with use. How long have you been using it? Do you have a picture? What tea do you use it for? I got it last week an...
by steanze
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing advice
Replies: 80
Views: 10744

Re: Yixing advice

Tetsubin wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:07 pm
Hi,

I have a zini pot that mutes a bit to much for my taste. it is very new though, will this muting change over time with use or will it always steal flavor?
It could mute a bit less with use. How long have you been using it? Do you have a picture? What tea do you use it for?
by steanze
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Breaking into clay
Replies: 16
Views: 311

Re: Breaking into clay

want to buy a "known good" pot so I can experience first hand what all the fuss is about [...] I don't want to end up with a teapot-shaped black hole that devours all aroma. [...] Can I find such a pot at Yunnan Sourcing? [...] Awesome! Get a green label F1 qingshuini. Rationale below. Modern clays...
by steanze
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

The only way to know if a pot is made of a specific sub clay type is to see the raw ore of which it was processed, know the mesh size, know how it was processed, know the exact firing temperature, and know that no reduction firing was going on. So basically track down the rock, and make a private o...
by steanze
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality

Just spent my last full day researching about Xiao Hongni. Turns out, it's not from Huang Long Shan, but Chuanbu (川埠) Village Chalin Mine (查林矿区) and Fudong Mine (洑东矿区). It was a substitute Hongni material which was usually blended with Nenni (嫩泥/Tender Mud) or Zhuni to increase the plasticity of th...
by steanze
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

I noticed MudandLeaves posted about a very small batch of clay they just processed. Link below. https://www.mudandleaves.com/teatime-blog/lipini-the-pear-skin-clay Their claim is this is Lipini, a type of lüni which is found in small amounts in Tian Qing Ni clay deposits. In my very limited reading...
by steanze
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

OCTO wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:42 pm

The master has spoken.... :D :D
:lol:
by steanze
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

+1... If clays are indeed that rare and valuable... it will not find its way to the consumer market. Very often snapped up by private collectors before it hits the shelves. There are collectors who are more than willing to pay a hefty premium for the keep sake of the pot. Exactly. Wealthy people in...
by steanze
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Do you have some photos of actual Li Pi Ni? Not the style or texture, but the one made from DST Li Pi Ni? I tried to find photos of old pots of Li Pi Ni, but all were just imitation of the surface texture, not actually made out of the clay. I don't know. I have seen many old duanni pots, some are m...
by steanze
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

It's marketing... the end result does not look like any old pots I have seen. IT could still brew good tea though. I would focus on broader distinctions (hongni/zini/duanni), firing temperature, grain, and most importantly the quality of the clay. If the clay is super rare or super common doesn't re...
by steanze
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality

Early 70s jiazini (side handle) compared to 2 ROC zini pots:
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by steanze
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality

Do you happen to know what is Xiao Hongni? The resources for Da Hongni seems to be consistent, but for xiao hongni its not so much... Is it hongni where the ore is red, or is it yellow? or perhaps HLS Zhuni was called Xiao Hongni in the old times? is Xiao Hongni from HLS at all? I heard sources cla...
by steanze
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: What is the best F1 regarding Clay Quality

Hello Tea Friends, I'm not well versed in F1 and antiques, because I focus on the research of the modern Yixing market, but I'd like to buy an old pot for myself, so I would have good subject to compare new pots to. I'm guessing a good clay would be and F1 Zini, since there are not much modern Hong...
by steanze
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 177
Views: 3028

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

Tetsubin and Baisao, I understand there is no hard and fast answer to how good a slow pouring pot can be. It depends on many factors, including tastes and opinions. But my question was the other way around : can a teapot pour too fast? Is there a reason to avoid fast pouring pots for some teas? Int...
by steanze
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Shudei vs Zhuni - or the case of the elusive two Zhuni
Replies: 15
Views: 421

Re: Shudei vs Zhuni - or the case of the elusive two Zhuni

Hojo makes a lot of contentions statements so I think what he asserts should be taken with some good-natured skepticism until you have tested his statements for yourself. I've had shudei from various locations and cannot say that they are all the same. On the other hand, I have had mumyoi and shude...