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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby bagua7 » Dec 20th, '12, 04:33

Hey, TJK, I like the one with the avocado-like texture. Is that a Taiwanese pot? Never came across one of those before. Very interesting and nice looking one.

Hold on, I just saw something on that duan ni pot (is that a birdie?)... :twisted:

17 in that pic, how many more babies born since then? :lol:

Yes, YX pots can be "very" addictive. 8)

IMO, the signature thread of TC; I also learned a lot in here and other subforums (puerh one especially, populated by a bunch of very knowledgeable fellows).

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby needaTEAcher » Dec 20th, '12, 09:38

Chip wrote:+1

How could one selling pots call them Yixing pots when they are made elsewhere? Again I would say clarity is important. So, Teapot made with Yixing Clay in Taiwan would be clear. More clarity would be better, such as wheel thrown, additives, etc.

Idealistic, maybe ... but isn't Yixing as a whole already too complicated for the mere mortal man without this bit of clarity?


That makes a lot of sense, and I can totally get behind it. The bit about Chinese or Brazillian Sencha sold as only Sencha would piss me off greatly.

But then what about "zisha", rather than "Yixing Clay"? Does the name imply enough that it is from Yixing so that you would expect them to label zisha crafted in Taiwan as "Taiwanese Zisha"? I ask as a purely academic exercise, as I have only ever seen the one shop selling Taiwanese zisha. As I said, that guy sucked, so it's not like I was going to dish out $300 for his (I think) wheel thrown zisha.

Side note on labels and categories. I had Yunnan Silver Needles in Yunnan and some legit tea folks called it "puerh". To them, "puerh" just means anything from the same trees. Flip side, I had some shou cha tonight that the guy here in Xi'an said wasn't puerh. I think he only views sheng as puerh. Seems like everyone labels the tea differently, and of course the same with clay. So while we might draw a certain distinction, many might not. Just a side thought. In the end, I completely agree with Chip, and feel like the line is to thin between omission and false advertising.

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby TIM » Dec 20th, '12, 10:37

Please read more 'Books' on this subject, then to guess and make assumptions from others.

Here is a good start for the New Year:

http://books.google.com/books?id=3zAP3t ... milarbooks

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby needaTEAcher » Dec 20th, '12, 11:14

TIM wrote:Please read more 'Books' on this subject, then to guess and make assumptions from others.

Here is a good start for the New Year:

http://books.google.com/books?id=3zAP3t ... milarbooks


Sweet! I love new books!!!!! Thanks, Tim. I will rip through it. :)

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby tingjunkie » Dec 20th, '12, 23:12

bagua7 wrote:Hey, TJK, I like the one with the avocado-like texture. Is that a Taiwanese pot?

17 in that pic, how many more babies born since then? :lol:


Yep, that avocado pot is Taiwanese. I actually traded that one in for my Taiwanese Zhuni pot though, as I felt the avocado was a total eraser. I may just have not seasoned it long enough though, as TIM has a similar pot from the same artist, and his seems to work pretty good.

I had to go count, but I'm up to 32 now, with two more on their way from Japan. They were Chinese pots exported to Japan, so let's not begin a discussion if there is such a thing a Japanese Yixing please!

Think I might be selling off a couple soon. Coming to a Tea Swap near you after the holidays...

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby tingjunkie » Dec 20th, '12, 23:14

needaTEAcher wrote:
TIM wrote:Please read more 'Books' on this subject, then to guess and make assumptions from others.

Here is a good start for the New Year:

http://books.google.com/books?id=3zAP3t ... milarbooks


Sweet! I love new books!!!!! Thanks, Tim. I will rip through it. :)


That book is selling for a mere $1300 on Amazon. :shock: Do you own that one TIM... and a photocopier? :twisted:

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby tingjunkie » Dec 21st, '12, 01:12

Hmmm... so what happens if I take it out of the NYPL and "accidentally lose" it? Do I have to replace it, or just pay the original sticker price? :twisted:

Nah, that's bad form during holiday season. :oops:

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby brandon » Dec 21st, '12, 01:14

The copies I found in public libraries (non university) so far seem to be for use in the library only, except Philadelphia museum of art, who isn't clear on it. Another option is mugging a CUNY student for their library pass.

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby jayinhk » Dec 21st, '12, 01:48

Former CUNY student and employee, funnily enough. :) -- >

I think it's high time I take another look at KS Lo's collection at Flagstaff House. I haven't been there since I was in middle school!

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby bagua7 » Dec 22nd, '12, 21:11

tingjunkie wrote:Yep, that avocado pot is Taiwanese. I actually traded that one in for my Taiwanese Zhuni pot though, as I felt the avocado was a total eraser. I may just have not seasoned it long enough though, as TIM has a similar pot from the same artist, and his seems to work pretty good.


I see. I suppose you bought it from Mr TIM, did you?

tingjunkie wrote:I had to go count, but I'm up to 32 now, with two more on their way from Japan. They were Chinese pots exported to Japan...


Cool, don't forget to post pics of those Chinese Yixing exports. I believe those pots are top-notch quality same as the ones made to Taiwan.

Edit.: I came across the following pots after a TaoBao search:

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Oops, sorry my kitty cat bird hunter! :mrgreen:

And they all use the Azikuki tag, I wonder if they are Japanese imports. Are the ones you ordered similar to these?



tingjunkie wrote:Coming to a Tea Swap near you after the holidays...


What do you mean? To Malaysia, right?

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby tingjunkie » Dec 23rd, '12, 00:24

bagua7 wrote:
tingjunkie wrote:Yep, that avocado pot is Taiwanese.


I see. I suppose you bought it from Mr TIM, did you?


Bought the avocado from Luh Yu tea in Flushing before they went back to Taiwan. I miss those guys. :?

The new pots are modern, not the classic early 20th Century Japanese exports. Still waiting to get them, so I'm not quite sure about their size or quality. From the photos and measurements, I'm guessing each is around 150ml give or take (I'm hoping for smaller).

Nice round (possibly zisha/zini?) pot. Most likely 90's-00's...
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At 2.5 inches tall, this is the smallest dragon pot I've ever seen. Most likely 70's-80's...
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby debunix » Dec 23rd, '12, 03:17

That dragon pot is splendid. So much more practical than my behemoth!

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby MarshalN » Dec 23rd, '12, 08:01

debunix wrote:That dragon pot is splendid. So much more practical than my behemoth!


Just used a Korean behemoth today, I feel your pain

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby blairswhitaker » Dec 23rd, '12, 16:52

got this from sample tea, it is brewing sheng these days.

artist: Mao Mei Zhen
Year: 1990's
Manufacturer: Zhong Guo Yixing
Clay : Hongni
Fire : Medium Fired
Spout : Plum Flower 7 Holes
Capacity : 70ml





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Hongni by blairswhitaker, on Flickr

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