debunix wrote:Lovely pots.
Thank you very much.
debunix wrote:Lovely pots.
hopeofdawn wrote:Oh wow--I normally am not a huge fan of the gourd-styled pots, but that one is very lovely. I really like the fine attention to detail in the leaves and the handle!
hhxu wrote:Hi tea comrades,
It was I who visited Cheng Chen this April during the QingMing Festival and I can attest that she and her family are honourable people and showed me tremendous hospitality during my time there. The photos posted were all taken by me and I was privileged to buy several teapots and Yixing tea from source.
We had the opportunity to watch both Chen's father (Cheng Jianming) and mother (Wan Xiaofang) work on pots and it was both fascinating and educational, and certainly gives an inimitable context for whenever I use their handiwork to brew up a good drink. We saw very special pots that are not shown online and also their store of vintage clay that they use to construct their products. There was also a smaller useable version of the enormous "square" pot sculpture that marks the entrance to the Cheng family atelier. Another interesting showpiece was a large-ish pot with solid gold carvings on its body.
We bought 3 pots and some tea accessories at their shop and in total I now have 5 of their pots. There is no question as to their quality in my mind and any discrepancies in spouts and handles lining up exactly are simply a result of the handmade process. They only make fully handmade and half-handmade pots in their atelier. Their pots are very clearly superior to the Yixing pots that I'm able to purchase locally in Asia at even reputable shops, as, if nothing else, they come straight from their maker. The pots have a distinctively enrapturous aroma when wet with hot water, which indicates how fresh they are.
I can also attest that the prices offered online on their international website are lower than the prices in their physical shop. As anyone who is familiar with the Chinese market will confirm, the most enthusiastic buyer for Chinese products is the domestic market itself and this has led to prices rising for all Chinese products across the board, not just in tea and teapots. Chen is sincerely trying to spread the joy of using a finely-crafted zisha teapot globally, as well as making available an artisan product as niche as zisha teapots to anyone anywhere at a reasonable price, along with the ability to communicate with the maker him- or herself and cut out the middleman.
Apart from that, the Zisha village in Yixing is one of the loveliest places that I've been to in China and I am already making plans to return in the winter. The farmer cuisine and wild game we enjoyed there is simply unmatchable by all the gastronomy that Shanghai had to offer. It has reinforced in my mind the genuineness and warmth of the Chinese people, and my great love for the nation. I wholeheartedly encourage all here to support the Cheng family as they are true artisans and their products are deservingly called works of art.