Purely driven by profit
theredbaron wrote:Is it only China's economical rise...
as told to me by two vendors I know of; they used different words, of course.
Mainlanders are very into Yixing and drinking higher quality teas which wasn't the case in the past.
I woudn't mind being a billionaire one day
Had a walk through Chinatown today afternoon - i haven't done that in a long time. Coz' of the heat i haven't been going anywhere the last days, trying to move as little as possible, but i just needed to get out.
I was trying to look for another one of the clay kettle/stove sets which can be alternatively used with alcohol flame or charcoal which they sold quite cheaply ten years or so ago. Nothing - it's all electric kettles now. Gotta continue looking if i can find some old stock.
On the plus side - i found a shop which has some 5 to 6 year old low/mid fired Shui Xien which is very nice as an every day Shui Xien. I guess in the next days or so i will go back and buy more before they run out of stock. It's mostly high fired Yancha in Thailand, finding low fired Yancha is rare.
I had a look at a few tea pots as well. Doesn't look very good - the nice older ones are mostly just for show. Shop owners straight away say that they are not for sale, even the commercial pots from the 70's/80's.
Well, i am enjoying my Shui Xien right now, in a standard red clay Shui Ping, which i got presented with when i visited Factory 1 back in '95, or so, and talked with a master potter there. When i left she had her assistant grab it out of a box with a dozen or so of the same pots and handed it to me. Not sure how old it is - it has in the inner lid a number stamp - "57". I like the pot a lot - it's commercial grade, very thick walls, and it evokes many nice memories of lovely tea gardens, and chats with tea people.