While I agree with you that it is probably safe, I also think that since the slip/glaze/whatever is not your usual silica-based glaze, it should be treated as being porous until shown otherwise... maybe some of the potters around here can chime in...Chip wrote:Since this Kyusu appears to have a "slip" applied to it giving it the glossy look, IMHO you could wash with soapy water, rinsing thoroughly of course. But I do not see the advantage in doing so.
This type of slip in inexpensive Kyusu seem to be for ease of care ... and I guess for anyone wanting a glossy Kyusu. For this same reason, I think this Kyusu could also be used without any difficulty for "cross-brewing" of various types of teas.
Just a good rinsing with very hot water should be all you need to do after each use. If you notice the pour has slowed, you can take a stiff toothbrush and scrub it a bit. I often do this when the screen is totally dry, any scale build-up just falls away.
BrooklynBrew wrote:I haven't used soap with it yet. Nor have I done genmaicha or houjicha in it. It's just been sencha. Just wanted to be sure I wasn't being overly cautious.