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My first teapots

by Distrait » May 1st 17 11:37 am

Hi everyone! So these are the first three tea pots that I've purchased and I am wondering if they are of decent quality? Thanks for any help or advice! Pictures in order of price paid, highest to lowest.

Please excuse the patina (but I quite like it). Was using this to brew shou for a while but have since changed to sheng. Approx 140ml
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Second pot, quite large around 260ml +
Lid fit and overall finish on this one is pretty good.
Plan on using for Shou.
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This last one was really cheap and I know it can't be authentic. I'm just wondering if it's at least safe to drink from, plan on using for black teas I don't drink very often. 140ml
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Comments welcome! Thanks in advance :D

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Re: My first teapots

by williammimi70 » May 1st 17 12:13 pm

Distrait wrote: Hi everyone! So these are the first three tea pots that I've purchased and I am wondering if they are of decent quality? Thanks for any help or advice! Pictures in order of price paid, highest to lowest.

Please excuse the patina (but I quite like it). Was using this to brew shou for a while but have since changed to sheng. Approx 140ml
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(I have no idea which way this should be oriented)
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Second pot, quite large around 260ml +
Lid fit and overall finish on this one is pretty good.
Plan on using for Shou.
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This last one was really cheap and I know it can't be authentic. I'm just wondering if it's at least safe to drink from, plan on using for black teas I don't drink very often. 140ml
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Comments welcome! Thanks in advance :D
Hi there
I don't know much about yixing at all hence I won't offer any advice but thank you for posting
Kind regards

May 1st 17 7:36 pm
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Re: My first teapots

by Distrait » May 1st 17 7:36 pm

williammimi70 wrote:
Distrait wrote: Hi everyone! So these are the first three tea pots that I've purchased and I am wondering if they are of decent quality? Thanks for any help or advice! Pictures in order of price paid, highest to lowest.

Comments welcome! Thanks in advance :D
Hi there
I don't know much about yixing at all hence I won't offer any advice but thank you for posting
Kind regards
Thanks! I bought these mostly for function. I've noticed you have quite the collection of interesting pots yourself! Where do you buy them all?

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Re: My first teapots

by steanze » May 2nd 17 1:04 am

Hi! 1 and 3 are probably not yixing, I would probably avoid using them... 2 looks like a modern zini pot, on the low end/mass produced, but should work reasonably well for shu or even aged sheng. 260 ml is really big! When you brew for yourself you can fill it halfway :)

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Re: My first teapots

by Distrait » May 2nd 17 9:36 am

steanze wrote: Hi! 1 and 3 are probably not yixing, I would probably avoid using them... 2 looks like a modern zini pot, on the low end/mass produced, but should work reasonably well for shu or even aged sheng. 260 ml is really big! When you brew for yourself you can fill it halfway :)
Thanks for the input! #1 I have been using for the longest amount of time - any particular reason not to use it? I paid the most for that one unfortunately. There's no off smells, and it sounds fairly high fired to me. Good fitting lid, etc. It was purchased from a tea shop in Sedona Arizona called trailhead tea while I was there on vacation.

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Re: My first teapots

by steanze » May 2nd 17 2:43 pm

Distrait wrote:
Thanks for the input! #1 I have been using for the longest amount of time - any particular reason not to use it? I paid the most for that one unfortunately. There's no off smells, and it sounds fairly high fired to me. Good fitting lid, etc. It was purchased from a tea shop in Sedona Arizona called trailhead tea while I was there on vacation.
Could you post some pictures of the inside (under the lid, and the spout hole)? Without those pictures I can only make a very coarse evaluation. Pot #1 is made to look old, but the clay texture looks off to me. Good duanni does not look like that: in this one the clay looks too "uniform" in between the black specks.

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Re: My first teapots

by Distrait » May 2nd 17 7:27 pm

steanze wrote:
Distrait wrote:
Thanks for the input! #1 I have been using for the longest amount of time - any particular reason not to use it? I paid the most for that one unfortunately. There's no off smells, and it sounds fairly high fired to me. Good fitting lid, etc. It was purchased from a tea shop in Sedona Arizona called trailhead tea while I was there on vacation.
Could you post some pictures of the inside (under the lid, and the spout hole)? Without those pictures I can only make a very coarse evaluation. Pot #1 is made to look old, but the clay texture looks off to me. Good duanni does not look like that: in this one the clay looks too "uniform" in between the black specks.
#1 did not look like that when I purchased it. It was very clean. The staining is the result of me being a novice and using it for many many pots of dark shou puerh and sometimes letting it sit a very long time. :lol:

If it's not authentic, that's ok. As long as it's safe to use. I'll get you more pictures. Thanks for the help!

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Re: My first teapots

by Distrait » May 2nd 17 7:50 pm

Pot#1

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Pot#2

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Re: My first teapots

by williammimi70 » May 3rd 17 6:14 am

Distrait wrote: Pot#1

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Pot#2

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I have a teapot similar to your 1st teapot completely unused ,similar clay ,shape and decoration and I like it though i have not used it at all :D

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Re: My first teapots

by steanze » May 4th 17 3:19 am

It could be safe but I am not 100% sure.
More commonly duanni looks like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/_fgNFvl9k3/ , but it's one of the types of clay that has most variation in its appearance. The main thing that I find odd is how uniform it looks in between the black iron specks. Often duanni looks more grainy, like the one in the pic I linked, but also if it's more grey in color, like this: https://world.taobao.com/item/544294293 ... VAs#detail
So despite the variability between types of duanni, the "grainy" nature is what I usually expect, it's usually made of many small particles rather than of a very uniform substance with black specks.
I can't exactly tell how uniform or grainy is the texture of yours in between the black specks.

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Re: My first teapots

by janet11 » Jun 2nd 17 9:10 am

Mercy me!
It's made by yourself?
Nice work.