Jayaratna wrote:Hello everyone,
I am sorry I can't take pics of this irabo chawan in action... my photographer's skills are very bad
Hi J - your photos look fine, just fine. And thanks for sharing!!!
I just post it because it is one of my favorite ones, but I can't get rid of a smell it has, like something which has been stored for a long time. I tried to soak it in cold, warm and hot water, but the smell is still there. Any suggestion?
J - ohhh, I am soooo sorry to hear that. Must be very
I've had a couple of chawan that had a smell - for me I would describe as "clay dust" smell. (But then I think we all have different sensibilities with smell
I really like what Victoria said (I've probably gotten some advice about this from her in the past).
I acheived eventual success by soaking completely submerged
in tap water for long periods - sometimes 48 hours; sometimes I had to repeat this several times. I've also used my Tersano Lotus food sanitizing system to help the process sometimes (a system that creates a bowl of ozonated water for washing produce and food and some eating/drinking utensils - BTW - this is how some municipalities purify municipal water, they don't use a Tersano Lotus tho
A ceramicist recommended to me once to bake a chawan at 400f for several hours (I baked at 400f for 3 hours). This helped a lot. It altered the odor from a "clay dust" smell to a sort of "burnt/spent firework" sort of magnesium smell that was more subtle, but then another soak followed by a single batch of matcha and the odor was gone! Yay! Hang in there, be persistent.
[quote = "Victoria"]Ack!! Soaking in bleach????? I would not recommend that even as a last resort. I would opt for making a baking soda paste before I'd go that far[/quote]
DON"T USE BLEACH or SOAP!!! -- Especially with Raku as it is porous (not vitrified in the firing process due to lower firing temps). I've wondered about using a baking powder paste, but thus far have not ever tried that. But it is worth considering for sure. Perhaps some combination of these things will cleanse your chawan.
It is a lovely chawan, and I sincerely hope you achieve success.
Keep us posted?
I wish you good luck!
Now, to that matcha!edit/addition
- JB's post came in as I was writing this - he is a ceramics artist - I really like what he said. I also like what I said because my process resulted in a clean/neutral smelling chawan (which is one of my favs BTW), but I am in no way a ceramicist. I encourage you to try what JB said, perhaps even combine several of the ideas here (NOT THE BLEACH tho) and persist. Persevere!
Also - if all this seems just too painful, you are within your rights (IMO) to contact the seller and request refund. Both the chawan I had smell issues with, the artists immediately offered refund and/or replacement with another chawan. So perhaps this is worth considering. I can imagine that not all of us want to go thru the preparation/cleansing process some tea wares demand.
In each of my cases - I wanted to engage the process because I loved the chawan so much. And each time I was rewarded with a great chawan free of odor. Again - Good Luck!