MarshalN wrote:Seems like the lighting condition changed?
Definitely between the first and second sets. Second and third sets look to have more similar lighting.
tingjunkie wrote:Welcome to the club amaranto! The clay of your pot is most likely zini (purple clay) rather than zisha (purple sand). This gets very confusing when many people still call ANY Yixing clay zisha, regardless of color. Telling the difference between zini and zisha can be very tricky for a beginner. Real zisha has: a uniformed sandy texture, usually has different colored grains of sand visible when looking very closely at the clay, and often has a soft buttery glow. I know for me it's taken a lot of practice, and I still get it wrong.
Here is a good example...
And here's a link to the full size image if you want to zoom in and see the multicolored sands. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5092/5569 ... 05ce_o.jpg
In the end, it's best not to get hung up on the clay type so much, and just worry about whether it brews well or not. Have fun!
bagua7 wrote:tingjunkie wrote:
Somehow I ended up in that page...still trying to figure out how; anyway nice pot! I think I had a Taiwanese zhu ni pot without knowing it as mine looks identical to yours. Purchased from Teamasters a couple of years ago and sold as authentic new Yixing zhu ni, but I don't think it is since my pot is very thin. Is yours thin too? However, my experience brewing certain high mountain oolongs (some Li Shan teas) wasn't that good. The pot hated them, hahaha. I might try Da Yu Ling as you said it worked for you and see how it goes...fingers crossed!
I will post a pic of the pot another time as I haven't processed the file yet.
tingjunkie wrote:Yes, my Taiwanese zhuni pot is VERY thin. You can also tell it's Taiwanese because if you look on the inside, there are some faint concentric circles visible because the body is wheel thrown rather than "built" as Yixing pots are.
Tead Off wrote:Didn't I read somewhere that there are wheel thrown Yixing pots being made now?
tingjunkie wrote:I'm about 99% sure the potter is wrong, unless he meant no one working directly in Yixing makes wheel thrown pots from Yixing clay. Of course, real Yixing clay has to undergo a different process (don't ask me what) before it can be wheel thrown, but there are potters in Taiwan who certainly start out with real Yixing clay, and end up with a wheel thrown pot.
Maybe others can shed more light on this process.