Zensuji wrote:Mine was like that after about 2 weeks.
What I did was drink tea from it all day everyday. Mostly green oolongs and didnt wash it till the end of the day. So about 10 refills a day and no washing till just before bed.
Its beautiful. I love staring into it. Some of the crazing runs from one side of the cup to the other in a huge sweeping S.
And yeah IPT is bang on the money. Its the repeated tea and then dry cycle that gets it going. You could probably get it like mine in a matter of days if you tried. I think mines reached its max but maybe I'll take another picture in a months time and we'll see.
IPT wrote:Soaking it won't really help. The best way to speed it up is to fill it with heavily brewed Shupu Tea and pour it out. Let the cup dry and repeat. Getting it wet and drying it out will do it quickly.
If you soak it, or let it dry out, the crackles will seem stained, but once you put hot tea in it, the darkening will disappear.
People ask me to help them darken their ru kiln ware, so I've done it quite a bit.
IPT wrote:Of course, the best way to stain it is to just use it. I get a sense of pride from mine because I know I did it cup by cup.