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by .m.
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Iron pill & calcium pill to enhance water for tea?
Replies: 5
Views: 45

Re: Iron pill & calcium pill to enhance water for tea?

Gin I'm a bit sceptical about a glazed bone china teapot having a big effect on the tea or on calcium content. On the other hand, when it comes to cups, the glaze can indeed affect the taste. Adding calcium to water is tricky because it doesn't dissolve easily, the trick is to dissolve it in sparkl...
by .m.
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Young Chinese girls revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: Young Chinese girls revive 1,200-year-old porcelain leaf cup making techniques

Aside that the whole piece reads like it was written by some propaganda bot (which it probably was) :) , it seems that the technique is called Muyezhan. Quick googling shows for example https://www.ebuy7.com/item/612507508736 Not sure when was it or what exactly was "revived", or if it was ever "los...
by .m.
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

Hi people! Playing with a cute pot I got on my last trip to Taipei (Taipei tea art shop near Yongkang street if I remember correctly) 100 ml, supposedly 90s F1 hongni. Got it at a discount due to the hairline on the lid (see close up picture) I mostly use it for roasted / aged oolongs. Would be cur...
by .m.
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

Judging by the color, i'd say the ore comes from the Yellow mountain. Indeed, it could be a product of the same kiln producing the zhuni pots. But my guess is that this one was a work of a daoist hermit living deep in the mountains.
by .m.
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo Teaware
Replies: 75
Views: 13558

Re: Hokujo Teaware

AozoraE Please share if you get a lead. I've been wondering about Hokujo too (even googled him to see if he's still alive). Looks like Kohokujo took over the production of the more affordable/utilitarian pieces, which although quite similar sometimes, there's always something somewhere a little bit...
by .m.
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

It is a weird scene that looks to be fully staged in a very theatrical manner. Indeed, the teapot takes the esthetic center around which this decadent folly is constructed. Happy new year! :D
by .m.
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

I see these often on ebay. Probably ROC era export to Europe. Price depends on condition and quality of the decoration. Around 100USD, a bit more for a nice one. EDIT: here's something similar https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Chinese-Terracotta-Teapot/143890393551?hash=item21808929cf:g:Fg4AAOSw8W9f3LPG Than...
by .m.
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: Many Puerh Cakes and Yixings
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: FS: Many Puerh Cakes and Yixings

Nice selection! Which one is for me? ;)
1998 CNNP Zhencang Hongyin...
by .m.
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

Hi Community, can someone help me identify the following teapot? The person who owns it, claims its family owned for 45 years and was already old back then. The volume of the pot is 700 ml. Does someone know the mark/seal on the bottom? What would be the value of this teapot, if it’s an old one? ./...
by .m.
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Display & Storage
Topic: Show Off Your Teaware Displays
Replies: 55
Views: 17797

Re: Show Off Your Teaware Displays

@Chadrinkincat Amazing collection and an awesome cabinet. Just perfect.
by .m.
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What are some indicators of a good teapot?
Replies: 20
Views: 583

Re: What are some indicators of a good teapot?

What are some general indicators of a "good" teapot? For example, do any of these count? Lid fits body perfectly - at least a sign of good craftsmanship How fast the teapot dries after water touches it - shows how porous the clay is. How fast it pours - Is a faster or slower pour better? Putting yo...
by .m.
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

Bok wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:57 pm
This is an antique, probably Qinghuini at the base and has undergone some kiln changes and is blueish in spots.
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.
by .m.
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

Youzi wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:19 am
Oh, and there isn't naturally blue or green clay in yixing, never existed. Those are made with added cobalt or chromium oxide.
Are you saying there's no green zhuni either? :mrgreen:
https://taiwanoolongs.com/collections/a ... i-chu-fang
by .m.
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3557
Views: 362333

Re: Yixing

So I'm mainly interested in confirming that the pots have decent clay, or at least aren't poisoning me. :lol: It is very hard if not impossible to know without testing what kind of additives a teapot contains unless one has a good knowledge of its origin and the manufacturing process used (that's o...
by .m.
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Steaming hard pressed puerh
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Steaming hard pressed puerh

BriarOcelot Using a cloth to wrap the tea is quite an interesting idea - i'm not sure whether good or bad, maybe depends on the fabric. 8-) In any case the principle should be to minimize the damage. If reasonably nice chunks can be separated dry then i think it's preferable, but if the level of br...