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Zhang Yan Ming

Postby yalokinh » Mar 13th, '13, 18:54

Besides a bio, I can't really find any info on this guy and his family.
I've seen some videos by postcard teas, but is there a site that give more info?
I recently bought one of his cheaper teapots, and was wondering if he uses the same clay for the more expensive ones. is the workmanship better as well?
I know he makes chaozhou teapots, but is there any way of seeing a gallery of his stuff (and family).
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby thomas » Mar 14th, '13, 05:57

I have pots of the 2 kinds. The cheaper one from tea habitat is more orange and the walls are very thin. The more expensive one, bought in Shanghai, is more red and the walls are medium thick.

So, not the same clay and not the same workmanship. The cheaper one is very simple in shape but the lid fits perfectly with both. I can post photos later.
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby yalokinh » Mar 17th, '13, 00:56

As far as i can tell he cheaper ones do their job quite nicely, i wonder how the most expensive ones handle.
Are both your pots made by yanming?
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby thomas » Mar 17th, '13, 06:54

Actually this is not such a difference with the thickness of the walls.

The lid of the cheaper one is slightly loose while the other one fits perfectly. So far I haven't done side by side brewing to compare the pots but both make good dancong.

I don't think the cheaper ones are made by Yan Ming himself.
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby Tead Off » Mar 17th, '13, 13:06

thomas wrote:I have pots of the 2 kinds. The cheaper one from tea habitat is more orange and the walls are very thin. The more expensive one, bought in Shanghai, is more red and the walls are medium thick.

So, not the same clay and not the same workmanship. The cheaper one is very simple in shape but the lid fits perfectly with both. I can post photos later.

Are the chops the same signature or does he use a different one for each quality? Can you post pics of the chops?
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby thomas » Mar 17th, '13, 13:45

Here are the chops:

first one, the expensive one
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there is a chop inside the lid, it is so small I can't a better photo than this
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and here is the cheaper one
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby Drax » Mar 17th, '13, 14:12

I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've ever seen the registered trademark (®) on a teapot... !
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby yalokinh » Mar 17th, '13, 17:02

The lid on my teapot pivots ever so slightly, but its s tight lid fit.
How do you post photos here? I'd do it if i knew how.
I'm wondering if he uses a better clay for the more expensive ones?
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby futurebird » Mar 17th, '13, 17:43

The clay is able to hold better (finer) detail from the looks of those seals, so my uneducated guess is it is better. :?:
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby David R. » Mar 19th, '13, 05:05

I may be wrong but I think that the cheaper models are not 100% made by Zhang Yan Ming. For the price to go down a little, someone else may have been involved in the making of the teapot. It can be a very small involvment, but still.

You can find another vid here : http://www.sevencups.com/2009/07/2009-o ... i-teaware/
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby Math » Mar 19th, '13, 06:56

David, I noticed that the chaozhou zhuni pot's showed in the seven cups clip are of a dark red hue, is that because of patina or do some chaozhou teapots have that colour naturally? I ask because I have not seen any chaozhou pots before with that dark colour.

I love the colour, and would definitely like to have a pot in such a "pig liver" colour.
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby David R. » Mar 19th, '13, 10:42

I would say that the dark red color (at the begining of the video) is due to heavy use with roasted oolong. Anyway, I really have no info on the type(s) of clay used by Zhang Yan Ming.
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby Tead Off » Mar 20th, '13, 04:09

Math wrote:David, I noticed that the chaozhou zhuni pot's showed in the seven cups clip are of a dark red hue, is that because of patina or do some chaozhou teapots have that colour naturally? I ask because I have not seen any chaozhou pots before with that dark colour.

I love the colour, and would definitely like to have a pot in such a "pig liver" colour.

they have both darker reds and orange/reds. Even the same clay can have a different color depending on firing temp and placement in kiln. I would think even a workshop produced pot by this potter would be quite good. Why would he want his name on garbage? He's known as a good potter.
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby Math » Mar 20th, '13, 07:10

Interesting, the postcard teas Yan Ming Zhangs all seem to have the pig liver color. While Imen's pots for example seem to be of the more standard lighter colour. I don't think it is due to a light/photography issue. Any one else selling the darker hued chaozhou pots?
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Re: Zhang Yan Ming

Postby David R. » Mar 20th, '13, 08:44

Math wrote:Interesting, the postcard teas Yan Ming Zhangs all seem to have the pig liver color. While Imen's pots for example seem to be of the more standard lighter colour. I don't think it is due to a light/photography issue. Any one else selling the darker hued chaozhou pots?


Not to my knowledge, sorry.
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