This is my first post on teachat, but I've been searching through here trying to find some answers so i apologise if I missed some obvious information!! I just received my first kyusu today from artistic nippon, and am unsure about how exactly to best prepare this new pot before use. I believe it's moulded and then its exterior was finished on a wheel, so how (if at all) would it change its preparation having been made in a mould? I heard a rumour that the clay could be weaker in a moulded teapot compared to a completely hand moulded pot and that boiling could somehow strengthen it?? Does anyone have any experience on if this is fact or fiction? And is a good rinse or possibly a soak going to be enough?
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