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Carved stone teapot.

by kiwi303 » Apr 20th 15 6:09 am

I bought another random pot off trademe again last week, got here today.

I was expecting pottery, as the auction stated pottery, I was surprised to find instead that it was carved stone.
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So what tea would you use a stone teapot for? it came as a gift to the previous owner and has an unopened sealed silver foil bag of unknown tea.

I have no idea how old it is, and therefore how old the tea is. From the look of the pot it has never been used.

Size wise the body of the pot is around 60mm around, quite thick walled and mechanically ground/carved using something like a dremel or shaft drill, not by hand with hand tools. I would guess around 75 to 80 mls.

Is this a good pot to brew with or just a display piece to gather dust with?
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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by jayinhk » Apr 20th 15 8:46 am

Looks to be soapstone. I'd open the tea up to see what it Is. Soapstone is supposed to be pretty absorbent, so maybe cooked pu erh?

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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by kiwi303 » Apr 20th 15 9:41 am

Thanks, I was thinking soapstone myself, looks too cheap to be Shaoshan stone which I come across googling stone teapots. Shaoshan seems to be a serpentine stone? Jade-ish family of stones?

it has a nice grain on the stone, definitely a sedimentary or metamorphic stone not a igneous one. I'm leaning Metamorphic from the feel and texture.


Opening the tea, from the look and taste and texture, I am leaning there towards a light oolong.

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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by theroots » Apr 20th 15 11:22 am

I've got a stone/mineral teapot as well. I think they're fine for almost everything but most of the time I just use it for Oolong. At least mine doesn't affect the taste that much.


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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by jayinhk » Apr 20th 15 9:36 pm

I have a 'jade' teacup that matches your pot perfectly! Bought it in Myanmar last year.

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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by theredbaron » Apr 21st 15 9:16 am

kiwi303 wrote:
Is this a good pot to brew with or just a display piece to gather dust with?

To drink tea - useless junk.
As a display piece - well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Sorry.

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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by jayinhk » Apr 21st 15 11:20 am

I say you try it. Soapstone holds heat really well.

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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by theroots » Apr 21st 15 3:02 pm

I think as well this one is rather for decoration. Still you can try...
jayinhk wrote:I have a 'jade' teacup that matches your pot perfectly! Bought it in Myanmar last year.
Would love to see a picture once you got time. I saw two teacups made by the same artist a while ago. Unfortunately it was on a taiwanese auction website and didn't fit my budget. ;)

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Re: Carved stone teapot.

by kyarazen » Apr 21st 15 3:14 pm

jiu quan gaiwan :)

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