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by steanze
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Ageing Zhuni Clay
Replies: 19
Views: 885

Re: Ageing Zhuni Clay

Lao zhuni is not only about the material, but also about the processing. As far as I know, most old zhuni was from Zhaozhuang, more recent mines are Xiaomeiyao and Huanglongshan. Old zhuni was processed with water filtration (clay was placed in water, and the finest floating particles were collected...
by steanze
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 37
Views: 1533

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Bok wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:56 pm
steanze nice pot! Simple lines, looks like it has a very fast pour.
it does!
by steanze
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 37
Views: 1533

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Interesting! I also recently ran into a pot from Sado island...
by steanze
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas

I do use zini for aged sheng - but sometimes I also use zhuni or porcelain :) it depends a bit on the tea and on what I want that day
by steanze
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas

Sure. You can age it. Its also pretty good right now in a zini ;) Just my opinion I would distinguish aging from resting. It can definitely be aged, but reven if one does not want to age it, I think the tea is at its best after a couple of years of resting. There are a lot of nuances that tend to b...
by steanze
Fri May 31, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas

I prefer a lighter roast, I will always try a roasted tea out with a high fired clay, but if I find the roast overpowering, I will use a dark clay. Ive had plenty of teas that people here would call "high quality" that end up in my zini Maybe those people did not have the „other“ high quality to co...
by steanze
Fri May 31, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas

For yancha, I personally prefer less porous clays like pre '77 F1 hongni or lao zhuni. If the roast is too strong, either it didn't rest long enough, or it was overfired (bad). I find overfired yancha quite off-putting, if I wanted a more affordable roasted tea I'd rather have some dark roast TGY. B...
by steanze
Mon May 27, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hohin vs. Shiboridashi for Gyokuro
Replies: 16
Views: 776

Re: Hohin vs. Shiboridashi for Gyokuro

Same Shudei clay from Gafu. The flat one brews the thickest tea of all my kyusus. Never brew side by side, but the difference was obvious. Tor same clay, same firing? Brewed next to each other? Same approximate volume and thickness of vessel? There are lots of factors to take into account. The flat...
by steanze
Thu May 09, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Chaozhou/Shantou
Replies: 88
Views: 4760

Re: Chaozhou/Shantou

Pieter W. wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 12:18 pm
Hello to all of you, every post id most helpfull to me. Thanks a lot. Now I post some photo's. Please give me your opinion. Best regards, Pieter.
This looks like a Japanese teapot, probably banko yaki.
by steanze
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 268
Views: 39106

Re: Yixing

Late Qing, early ROC hongni pot. The more I see of these antique pots the more I realise how clean the factory era pots are! Those old pots all have a lot of iron dots and others. The workmanship is more crisp. Yet there is something to be said about the soft lines of the early factory period, if I...
by steanze
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 65
Views: 2818

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

Life is way too short for low grade tea. :lol: Yes, the new pot is high fired, and holds heat extremely well. I agree with hongni for yancha. This is my trusty yancha pot for the past decade or so... https://live.staticflickr.com/1746/28908398548_153bc410fd_z.jpg Nice pot! The patina is coming alon...
by steanze
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 65
Views: 2818

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

OCTO wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:47 am
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Sharing some non-factory ShuiPing..... 😀
Fun set :D
by steanze
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 65
Views: 2818

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

FWIW, this is the QSN I just bought from Emmett. Definitely a very nice pot. https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/57775145_10215314252781901_897390234898006016_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.xx&oh=b7024568a5defefc14436f5e0556a3a2&oe=5D2A00ED Very nice :) shapewise it would work w...
by steanze
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Funky Contemporary Yixing?
Replies: 14
Views: 857

Re: Funky Contemporary Yixing?

Update: The mystery has been solved! This is a repro of a pot by famous Yixing artist Chen Guoliang. Nice craftsmanship, but not in the same league as the master. :P http://www.zisha.com/product/915.shtml?fbclid=IwAR2IEGdQu6JGVUMzhxLe93j4ENE3ZX_2BtO9fCMFwe6HTLoBURVLoamHi3c Good investigative work! ...
by steanze
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: For Shui Ping lovers with small pockets...
Replies: 65
Views: 2818

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...