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Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Teaism » Mar 4th, '13, 05:25

I am sure there are a lot yixing teapots collectors here. Some are tea drinkers who collect few teapots and some who are teapot collectors who drink few tea. And there are thousands in between.

A yixing teapot, if used regualrly, will absorbed all the tea and all the memories and reflect them in nice patina. They are like an old friend of the past who served and went through your tea experience, and touch your heart.

If you have a yixing teapot like that, please share it.

I will start off with an old yixing pot who was with me when I was a younger. In those days, tea brewing was casual and a pot is just a tool. But now, I find the patina enchanting as it really reflect the old time, spontenuously stained, naturally seasoned and speckle with real stain of tea and water and also the habit of pouring the tea.

Now I am more discerning when comes to patina. The patina is controlled to give consistent good patina throughout the pot, but still it lack the soul and spirit.

Here is it, a start for an old pot:

Cheers!
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby apolon » Mar 4th, '13, 06:47

Beautiful :!:
More, please :D
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Alex » Mar 4th, '13, 07:53

Cool looking pot
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby gasninja » Mar 4th, '13, 11:11

I know this is off topic.
By controlling the patina do you mean not showering the pot with tea, brushing , or buffing the pot?
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Math » Mar 4th, '13, 11:17

Beautiful pot Teaism! Lovely shape and great patina. May I ask what size it is?

I've noticed how much I love to polish my yixings after using them, the love and care that goes into that really makes them shine and my affection for them increases.
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Teaism » Mar 5th, '13, 11:14

Hi gasninja , Math,

Thank you for your appreciation.

The pot is quite small about 80 ml capacity.

For controlled patina, usually when brewing, I just pour the tea over the pot and cover. They evaporate rather fast leaving the tea oil to form a thin patina. After brewing, immediately empty the pot and flush with boiling water and dry with cloth. Occasionally I sun the pot for hygiene purpose.

After a few months the pot will looks good with nice patina but no stain.

It is very important to keep the pot clean and hygienic . I saw some fellas soaking tea in the pot for days. Sometimes they forgot and mold start to form and that is the end of the pot. The brush etc is just a gimmick. Make it simple and enjoy the tea rather that worrying about creating the patina. In time to come it will looks good.
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby the_economist » Mar 6th, '13, 18:42

My current shengpu (10 yrs or more) pot:

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Been seeing quite a bit of love these days...but nowhere near 'veteran' status. I'm posting just to encourage other people to post more teaporn :)
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Tead Off » Mar 7th, '13, 00:13

Reporting for duty! 80's, Hong ni? What would you use it for?
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby tingjunkie » Mar 7th, '13, 01:58

Tead Off wrote:Reporting for duty! 80's, Hong ni? What would you use it for?


Depends... What's the firing level? Wall thickness? Size? Pour rate? :wink:
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Teaism » Mar 7th, '13, 02:31

Another veteran reporting...

A handmade pumpkin pot, about 180-200ml. Those days tea was cheap and can afford to brew in bigger pot, so this guy gets the patina. A more controlled patina in this one. Usually after brewing, I emptied the tea leaves, flushed the pot with boiling water and dry with clean cloth. internally and externally. A nice buff would make it happy and shine.

I enjoy the uneveness and workmanship of handmade pots, the bamboo scrapping and the mallet beating...really nice imperfection. Also the white water deposit along the groove, formed after so so many brews...it is a pot to remember and cherish.
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Tead Off » Mar 7th, '13, 02:49

tingjunkie wrote:
Tead Off wrote:Reporting for duty! 80's, Hong ni? What would you use it for?


Depends... What's the firing level? Wall thickness? Size? Pour rate? :wink:

Medium fired, medium thickness, approx. 90ml. Pour=fast enough.
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Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby debunix » Mar 7th, '13, 04:28

Lovely & well-loved pumpkin pot!
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby hopeofdawn » Mar 7th, '13, 13:56

debunix wrote:Lovely & well-loved pumpkin pot!


Seconded!
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby tingjunkie » Mar 7th, '13, 22:51

Tead Off wrote:
tingjunkie wrote:
Tead Off wrote:Reporting for duty! 80's, Hong ni? What would you use it for?


Depends... What's the firing level? Wall thickness? Size? Pour rate? :wink:

Medium fired, medium thickness, approx. 90ml. Pour=fast enough.


I'd take a shot with yancha, or perhaps young raw puerh. Maybe lower fired yancha, but that's up to the pot. :wink:
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Re: Showoff your veteran yixing teapots

Postby Tead Off » Mar 7th, '13, 23:19

tingjunkie wrote:
Tead Off wrote:
tingjunkie wrote:
Tead Off wrote:Reporting for duty! 80's, Hong ni? What would you use it for?


Depends... What's the firing level? Wall thickness? Size? Pour rate? :wink:

Medium fired, medium thickness, approx. 90ml. Pour=fast enough.


I'd take a shot with yancha, or perhaps young raw puerh. Maybe lower fired yancha, but that's up to the pot. :wink:

When I ask it, it doesn't say anything? :shock:

This pot has seen a lot of use for many years. The patina is quite apparent, much more than the photo. I used to use it for yancha, but decided to convert it to Puerh. It had no choice in the matter. I had a vision. I'm happy. :D
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