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Shopping for tea ware

Postby Bigdumogre » Nov 20th, '12, 20:36

Hi everyone great to finally join here been lurking for a while lol.Just started to really get into tea and learned alot but still confused with alot lol.
So is there anywere in the US to get nice pots and cups.I like traditional asian style and dont know were to order them from.Anyone know some good sights?

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby wyardley » Nov 20th, '12, 20:56

What's the "traditional asian style"? You might want to narrow it down a bit more.

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby edkrueger » Nov 20th, '12, 21:02

Asia is only like 60% of the world by population.

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby Bigdumogre » Nov 20th, '12, 21:16

lol so true :lol:
Meant from japan and china really like there pots
Korean cups are very nice to.Most sights i found were american aritisan and design

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby Bigdumogre » Nov 20th, '12, 21:22

And a gaiwan

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby Chip » Nov 20th, '12, 21:33

We have some "Western" Teaware Artisans who do some really nice Asian influenced work. Some will do custom work as well. Check out the TeawareArtisan forum of TeaChat!

My prime Japan source for new Japanese teaware is artisticnippon.com. The owner, Toru is very responsive and helpful.

Well, Hagi-Yaki I source from many ... :mrgreen:

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby AdamMY » Nov 20th, '12, 21:36

If you are looking for smaller steeps, and do not mind ordering from over seas, for a gaiwan I recommend the Teamasters 60-70 ml gaiwan, the Qingbai mini gaiwan. http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2005/07/tea-masters-blog-selection.html#comments/

I personally do not know a good source for yixing teapots, unless you are selling your kidney for one.

Most styles of Japanese teaware can be found for a reasonable price, with great service from Artistic Nippon. http://www.artisticnippon.com/

Taiwanese wares are fun, but most I have found is wonderful celadon cups. I also personally enjoy Korean teaware, but besides mass produced sets those almost require personal connections to find. But under Tea merchandiser on this forum you can find some stuff channeled through a current member Tead Off.

I hope this gets you started. Again without knowing exactly what you want its hard to really point you straight to one spot.

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby Bigdumogre » Nov 21st, '12, 05:19

Thnx a lot. I don't know what I want yet cause I'm still confused and still learning. There is so much to this it takes a while to learn it all lol. Gonna start with those companies n see what I like and hopefully one day I will be able to pair teas with pots n cups.

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby Alex » Nov 21st, '12, 13:42

Just get a gaiwan for now and a cup and a load of different teas. Let your obsession with the teas you like and how you like it guide your vessel purchases.

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Re: Shopping for tea ware

Postby Bigdumogre » Nov 21st, '12, 14:31

Thnx. My brother works in Chinatown went to tea store n picked me out some oolongs gonna try them later. Now just gotta get rid if these teavana gift cards people keep buying me

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