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Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:44 am

Hello Tea Mates!

Being requested by fans here and from other platforms since my first head up with some teapots as a Yixing local, and with the request of this forum that my previous posts to be placed to the right spot so that more people can benefit, I finally make up my mind to explore the possibility of starting up a new career besides my current.

I`ll regularly update here with more information I hear and see among our local zisha circles though I'm occupied(managing a whole sales of a exporting company). Any interesting and good choices will also be offered for your choice.


[Background:]
The amaze of tea culture bringing all here, I hope to contribute a little from the aspect of being a local folk from the very origin place of Yixing zisha teapot. Actually, from my previous business occasions I became a fan of oolong leaves BEFORE being more interested in teapots-its own specialty of my hometown .

My family business has been all about teapots but I've been an exception since graduation from university, took a job, burying myself into business of global industrial products in the past 10years during which I've been travelling a lot across the world and occasionally saw various styles of tea shops scattered over the world with zisha teapots on shelves.

I notice that Yixing/teapot is quite a hot topic still and everyone is willing to share with others the personal collections on hand. Also, I notice there's still a gap of acknowledgement about our teapots between tea fans in and outside China. Overseas availability of various teapot styles, designs and high cost-performance ones is quite limited I should say, there maybe three reasons(from marketing perspective of views):

A. Maybe due to the products filtering control by traders on sourcing and procurement guided by their targeted margin with their clients' fixed middle-low level of price acceptance (relatively compared to the price level China domestic market which has increased obviously during the last 6-7 years). Overseas sales costs are definitely higher than our locals, they have international logistic costs , operational team's pay and mainland Invoice taxes (when they try to get the shipment out, this becomes mandatory I think). Deals among our locals basically no taxes at all.

B. Or, our locals wouldn't like to sell extreme low-profit teapots to outsiders, especially not to sell those consuming moderate or good local clays which are of low accessibility. e.g. with certain quantity of stock of clay on hand, one brand or one workshop wouldn't hesitate to make them into teapots or other zisha accessories of higher value and at higher price acceptance by clients.

C. There're still old stock of traders outside Yixing who are aiming for overseas market to consume their burden of previous years' of stock. Global economic problem and zisha-storm(negative) influence both contributed on the later weak demand.

D. The limitation of traders located outside Yixing(some may never been here before) and their successful marketing guidance on clients when valuing the worth of a zisha teapot among 'old/antiques' and 'modern-made'. But I also notice that just as buyers here in China, more and more overseas fan become more realistic and professional on choosing teapots.

After all, whether modern or old, quality of clay, techniques of art skills are both being considered more when purchasing. More, nowadays, local young artists are also creative on designs and the value of their works are being recognized more and more at least both at home and abroad.

Economic development during the last 6-7 years further levelled-up mainland China's ability of spending money. Thus, teapot sales makes good money than long before that. That's why this business attracted more people from other cities here in Yixing. Roughly there're 50,000 people in this zisha ware & accessory business, almost half of them are non-locals who brought with them new decoration techniques and craftmanship from other teaware cultures.

[Scope/purpose]
It's quite a pity that many good and affordable choices are not being presented to people who really have passion on it but having to stay away from it just because of the tagged beyond-budget prices, or limited choices of design and styles, or because with no one can clarifying their many doubts on the raw materials with insight advice.

Hope what I've learned about local zisha business and my subjective passion in this hobby could help people get what they really like from less barriers and have more choices within various budgets.
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:55 am

My location & traffic tips for those who may visit.
Dingshu Town, Yixing 214221, Jiangsu, Yixing.
If anyone come across my region, welcome to drop by, I can show you around. Free guide (LOL).
By high speed train (foreigner can buy tickets on our APP just as we locals do but need to claim the paper tickets at station offices before boarding)
40mins between Nanjing and Yixing(one train per roughly10-20min),
40mins between Hangzhou(east) and Yixing(one train per roughly10-20min),
2H30mins between Shanghai(Hongqiao) and Yixing(one train per roughly 30min-connecting trains at Hangzhou East),
5H(roughly) between Beijing and Yixing (direct train).

Generally, there are direct trains between Majority Chinese cities and Yixing. If anyone has a plan to visit, feel free to ask me for assistance.
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:32 am

For starting, today I post here 3 groups/series of teapots (good and more affordable to majority).

1st Group:
Something new from our local circle-series of Chai Shao Yao Bian /柴烧窑变 from the local preserved ancient Dragon Kilns /龙窑.

This special ancient sintering process consumes pine tree limb from which the oil contained and unique kiln atmosphere make the teapot surface special( somewhat glazed).

Different from majority kilns for teapots (teapots are placed in high-temperature resisting crucibles), the flows of firing heat inside the kiln DIRECTLY contacted(crushed on) the teapots, leaving elegant and random curves(like clouds in the sky)on the teapots. There are more designs of this series. maybe they are not exactly the same with Fujian Chai Shao and Japanese Chai Shao which I like both of the laters too but gets its specialty here as it is from the ancient dragon kiln processed as per ancient processing recipe.

As far as I know, It runs only one time with one batch per month for maintenance purpose. So they may become rare too in future. Who know how long it can be permitted to run until becoming a real item behind glass.

A.
Purple Censer .150ml.Duan Ni, placed in the section of high temperature of kiln.
Purple Censer .150ml.Duan Ni, placed in the section of high temperature of kiln.
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Three-feet pot.150ml.Duan Ni, placed in the section of high temperature of kiln.
Three-feet pot.150ml.Duan Ni, placed in the section of high temperature of kiln.
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C.
Zi Ye Shi Piao.100ml.Duan Ni, placed in the section of high temperature of kiln.
Zi Ye Shi Piao.100ml.Duan Ni, placed in the section of high temperature of kiln.
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:47 am

Above three is all 117USD with freight included.

2nd group:
small capacity ones for Pu‘er and Yancha.

A.(Tea Charm)/朱泥(Zhu Ni)/150ml/Applicable for Yun Nan Puers, Fujian Yan Cha Leaves.
105USD including freight.
A.(Tea Charm)/朱泥(Zhu Ni)/150ml/Applicable for Yun Nan Puers, Fujian Yan Cha Leaves.
A.(Tea Charm)/朱泥(Zhu Ni)/150ml/Applicable for Yun Nan Puers, Fujian Yan Cha Leaves.
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B.Eggplant/Di Cao Qing/150ml/Applicable for Yunnan Puers, Fujian Yan Cha
110USD with freight included.
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C. Linear Rhythm/Clay:Di Cao Qing/280ml/Applicable for Green teas, Zhejiang Baicha, Bi Luo Chun, Longjing and etc.[clay is good, details finishing is good]
180USD with freight included.
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D. Autumn Flows/Zhu Ni/150ml/Puers, Fujian Yancha.
Featured by the vigorous outflow when pouring tea water from the spout.
124USD including freight.
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E.Zhu Ni/200ml/Puer,Yancha and Green teas.
low stock(need to check before buy). 135USD including freight.
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F.Zhu Ni/200ml/Puer,Yancha and Green teas.
low stock(need to check before buy). 135USD including freight.
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More to coming soon(forum will move my other posted here and I will tag them with prices).

Showing you some photos about the kiln here.
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Good night! need to grab some sleep for a new whole day's office work.

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Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:13 am

4th Group:

Being more honestly, we don't assume modern-made teapots even by famous masters would surpass those ancient antiques.
clay, craft skills maybe possibly surpassing the old ones but at least not on the fame (majority value of an antique). Maybe we can collect some and wait until dozens of years later when these pots will become valuable.

Below are some recommendations for you who would be interested.

Siting(actually it is a transformation design from Li HU(pear teapot) by later-Qing Dynasty artist.
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The sizing scales of modern made ones are a little different from the original antique (but if there's a solid demand and with sufficient budget of buyer, this can be achieved by custom-made).

A. Zhuni, 260ml
A. Zhuni, 260ml
A. Zhuni, 260ml
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300USD including Freight
B. Zhuni, 170ml
B.Zhuni, 170ml
B.Zhuni, 170ml
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150USD including Freight
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Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:41 am

C. Zhuni, 100ml 120USD including freight.
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Ju Lun Zhu (one origin explaining of the naming is about the inspiration from the spinning rollers of pedal-type wooden water wheel used in country side.

D.Belted Jun Lun Zhu, Zi( original Yixing purple clay),160ml, height 8.5cm, width 11cm. USD140 including freight.
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E. Jun Lun Zhu (Zhu ni,190ml) 132USD including freight.
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Some other good choice-Shipiao which has been duplicated numerously but few are worth buying in.
Shipiao (The original Designs by Master Gu Jing Zhou-five pieces of antiques )
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F.made as per 100% scale sizing by scanning one of un-sintered sample kept in F2 factory kept from decades ago(exclusive).
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Surface without hand-curved with pictures and characters: 250USD including freight.
Surface without hand-curved with pictures and characters: 180USD including freight.
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Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:07 am

BTW, it's appx. 450ml. another one picture of the 100% scanned sizing .
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G. another one of Smaller-sized and volume (appx.300ml, curved content exactly the same with the one of the five original antiques pieces given by the author as gift to one of his friend Tang Yun-the 2nd piece of the five in the 1st photo)to fit for modern tea leaves types.


Unseasoned brand new:
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Surface without hand-curved with pictures and characters: 220USD including freight.
Surface without hand-curved with pictures and characters: 150USD including freight.
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Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:11 am

Comparisons of sizing between the two versions.

(my experience: generally the outlines of 100% sized as per the original antique looks more comfortable, more handy when holding it when brewing leaves.

this version currently is exclusive as scanned data source won't be given out, others can only duplicate as per web photos of antiques ).
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Today's above posted are moved here from another section of this forum so they're not newly-posted.

I will keep updating.

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