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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

by Zared » Dec 1st 17 1:56 am

Aya wrote: My F1 green label hongni shuiping has been gaining patina already :)
It brews great shen.

Before
https://www.flickr.com/photos/160339509 ... 997106694/

After
https://www.flickr.com/photos/160339509 ... 997101474/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/160339509 ... 997099384/
😳 That patina is coming on quickly. I assume you've been using It every day? It took me a few months of using my late 80's hong ni SP 10-15/wk to get a similar look. I'm on a mission right now to do the same for my newest pots.

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

by Aya » Dec 1st 17 5:11 am

Zared wrote:
Aya wrote: My F1 green label hongni shuiping has been gaining patina already :)
It brews great shen.

Before
https://www.flickr.com/photos/160339509 ... 997106694/

After
https://www.flickr.com/photos/160339509 ... 997101474/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/160339509 ... 997099384/
😳 That patina is coming on quickly. I assume you've been using It every day? It took me a few months of using my late 80's hong ni SP 10-15/wk to get a similar look. I'm on a mission right now to do the same for my newest pots.
Actually I use it once every other day, or 2 days out of 3 days or so.
I'm quite surprised too to see it gaining patina after a couple of months!
I assume it is because this pot is very porous, and I brew shen (10-15 years old).

I just received 2 unused green label hongni shuiping, so I will compare how they grow when I brew lighter oxidized tea.

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

by CheekyChipmunk » Feb 15th 18 2:59 pm

Hi Chatters,

The good 'ole Yixing thread has been silent a while so I thought I'd add a recent acquisition. I was on holiday in China recently and I made a point of going to Yixing to see what I could find. I only had a few hours there but for those who don't know, it is hard to imagine the scale of the place. Of course I am aware of the factories and that millions of teapots have come out of Yixing, but going there makes you realise how many are in the trade. Aside from the main shopping mall/'museum', literally the whole town is lined with store after store of Yixing pots. The other thing I would like to remark upon is that it the bulk do not appear to be cheap, mass produced low quality ten-of-the-same style shops (though there are plenty of these), but a good deal of stores that have more interesting, higher end pots amongst the more generic fodder. I ended up picking up 4, all from the same store (who are at least 3rd generation makers), of mixed quality. When I say quality, I refer to the maker/clay combo, as the shop owner was very upfront about who made the pots. The top, well known maker's pots were well out of my price range (US 10,000+) but I got what I believe to be decent pots made by the shop keeper (the mother of the famous maker) and a couple made by their apprentice. The main reason I chose this store was because as far as what I could gather from the stores I managed to see, the clay seemed to be the best in that price range. I was not interested in traditional Zini per se, but more exotic clays as you will see from this pot:

- Clay type: A type of Lu Ni. I am fairly certain those on this forum who are in the know would say this is a chemically doped clay, but I found both the richness of the olive green and the firing quality the best of similar clays I saw in the little time I had to check out different stores in Yixing. It's hard to tell from the use of flash in the photos, but the clay of this pot has a natural sheen that most pots I've come across do not have.
- Size of pot: Around 120ml (haven't measured)
- What year/decade the pot was made: Modern, as in could be as recent as 2017 (in fact I believe it is 2017 as looking at the photos I finally figured out that the carving depicts roosters)
- How long is the pour? This pot has the strongest pour of any I own (probably due to the elongated spout). With water the pour is >10sec
- Where you acquired the pot: Yixing
- What type of tea you make with it: I haven't tried it yet, I drink mainly sheng pu and I'm happy with my current pots around this size. I got it mainly for it's aesthetics and am not really sure how lu ni tends to affect teas. That said I might throw some heavier roasted oolongs at it and see what happens

UPDATE: After using this pot I have some more accurate info. The capacity is 150ml and the pour time is 8 sec
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

by Zared » Feb 16th 18 4:55 am

It could just be the way it photographed but clay color/texture looks uneven around interior walls. Is this pot partially coated with semi-opaque green clay?

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

by CheekyChipmunk » Feb 16th 18 6:29 am

Zared wrote: It could just be the way it photographed but clay color/texture looks uneven around interior walls. Is this pot partially coated with semi-opaque green clay?
Hi Zared,

To my knowledge it is not coated with a green clay. I have a 'coated' pot which I put on this thread a little while back and the one above definitely has a different appearance. In terms of the unevenness you refer to, do you mean the yellowish prevalence around the lip opening? As far as I know this is due to sandblasting, a common practice to ensure a smooth fitting lid. I believe the lip is made on the verge of too small and sanded back so that the lid and pot meet very tightly. Again I could be completely wrong, but to my understanding, Lu Ni has quite a sandy base texture. As such, the clay always has specks of yellow/red through it which forms the base of the coloured clay. Have a look at the start of the thread which one of the more knowledgeable posters authored (I'm not suggesting mine is made from ROC era clay like the similarly coloured one he/she posts a picture of):

viewtopic.php?t=10685&start=15

The yellowish sand particles which are easier to see in the lip can be seen evenly over the exterior and interior of the pot. The inside of the pot is out of focus but I have put another photo for you to see. There is a stamp on the inside which might also be the unevenness you refer to?
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Re: A different kind of Yixing pot thread... and Show-off!

by MadameHeather » Mar 3rd 18 12:03 am

I have a very similarly painted tea pot - different shape and different chop on the bottom... once I've been approved (Just joined today) I'll try to post a picture.