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steanze
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:03 am

Bok wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:01 pm
Went to show my latest finds to an Yixing expert, confirmed that both are at least ROC, while the Zini might even be late Qing! Examined in person, he thinks the workmanship seems to point to one of the Qing era workshops :))))
It does have some Qing features :) , although it is hard to tell sometimes across that boundary.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:07 am

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Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:23 pm
Yes that is as well as far as I will go on my Yixing journey! Anything older becomes a serious risk in investment. The same expert also told me that he considers older than mid Qing too risky and nebulous, almost impossible to verify, yet the prices are enormous.
Yes, earlier than mid Qing is really hard, other than some export Kangxi wares which are fairly recognizable. Mid Qing already is a quite a bit more expensive than late Qing - especially if one is looking for a pot with good craftsmanship. Late Qing/ROC is a very nice period in terms of price/reward :)
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:02 pm

Nice one! Deserves some proper kintsugi repair.
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Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:16 am

tingjunkie wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:02 pm
Nice one! Deserves some proper kintsugi repair.
For now not enough damage yet, just a tiny chip.
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Due to the bad influence of certain people :) I got my first Zhuni teapot... opportunity arose, price was pretty good, so I had no good excuse other than owning too many pots! For the sake of science I needed a Zhuni pot to compare with other clays, ähem...

It does not seem to be a pure Zhuni, too reddish for that and some tiny grains of other clay seem to be blended in. Some have suggested it might be a blend with high quality hongni. Other factors indicate it is a 90s pot. Clay, whatever it is, seems very good quality, workmanship is excellent.

From first use it performs as I would have expected a Zhuni to perform. Gathering a lovely shine very quickly and it sings when poured over with boiling water, if you know what I mean.
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Bok wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:23 am
Due to the bad influence of certain people :) I got my first Zhuni teapot... opportunity arose, price was pretty good, so I had no good excuse other than owning too many pots! For the sake of science I needed a Zhuni pot to compare with other clays, ähem...

It does not seem to be a pure Zhuni, too reddish for that and some tiny grains of other clay seem to be blended in. Some have suggested it might be a blend with high quality hongni. Other factors indicate it is a 90s pot. Clay, whatever it is, seems very good quality, workmanship is excellent.

From first use it performs as I would have expected a Zhuni to perform. Gathering a lovely shine very quickly and it sings when poured over with boiling water, if you know what I mean.
Nice pot! The clay looks pretty good quality. I am not sure if it's zhuni or hongni, but it should brew well.
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:04 am

Where can I get a really good zini clay pot? :oops:
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:24 am

I remember @steanze mentioning 80s green label Zini being quite good. That should be easy to find.

Volume, shape? I got a few of the more ornate flowery Zinis from the in-laws which i have no use for... ;)
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:58 am

What do y'all do for single hole pots? I'm having trouble with the hongni that I got a while back, I can't use it without the tea getting stuck in the hole. Is there some really easy solution that I don't know about?
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swordofmytriumph wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:58 am
What do y'all do for single hole pots? I'm having trouble with the hongni that I got a while back, I can't use it without the tea getting stuck in the hole. Is there some really easy solution that I don't know about?
Practice makes perfect, difficult to explain how, but once you know your pot and your leaves it rarely gets stuck.

A lot depends on how you pour the first round and how you place the leaves, how much time you give them before the first pour etc.
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:28 am

Any tips?
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swordofmytriumph wrote:
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Any tips?
Don’t want to derail the thread too much here: just experiment with how fast or slow in this case you tilt the pot when pouring, take it slow for the first infusion, once the leaves are opened up they will pretty much stay in place, unless you under-load the pot with too little leaf. After the first brew I sometimes use a tool to push the leaves a bit away from the exit hole, afterwards that is usually not necessary anymore.

Goes without saying that Sencha is not ideal for this kind of pot ;)
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:19 am
swordofmytriumph wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:28 am
Any tips?
https://www.chawangshop.com/tea-hardwar ... -pack.html
:o :o
This is so cool! Thank you soooo much this is gonna solve everything!

Also thanks for the tips @Bok
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