t4texas wrote:Can you be more specific about what you don't like about these pots? I don't have one, so don't have an opinion, but I am curious and would like to have the best picture of your thinking.
Don't get me wrong... these are very nice pots for ~ $30, and I couldn't quite bring myself to sell them during my teapot garage sale, so who knows - maybe I'll change my mind yet. There are no real flaws that I can point out. Enough people who know more than me like them that I'm keeping them around for now.
There's nothing wrong with the way they're shaped, but somehow they still don't look that nice to me in person - maybe they're just *too* perfect. The blending of larger bits of sand and the burnishing of the clay isn't done in a way that's aesthetically pleasing to me, especially on one of the two of these pots that I have.
They are nice and solid and retain heat well, but I find them a little clunky. The number of seals on them boggles my mind - there is one large seal and two small ones on the bottom, plus some calligraphy, a seal under the handle, and two under the lid. If you knock the pot with the lid, the sound is metallic and a little ringing, though maybe not quite musical enough. I am not at all enough of an expert to tell whether what appear to be shrinkage marks on the surface of the pot are actually that. The lid is the tiniest bit loose, but seems maybe like a little too good of a lid fit.
I'm sure they'd look nicer if I started using them and they picked up a shine, but they're a bit on the big side.