The teapot looks new for me. That's not important. I don't have old teapot, but I still can make nice tea with my new yixing teapots.
Hi Putea! for me the age is not such an important factor as much more important is how aestethically the pot acts on me and of course how good the tea it gives. But anyway I just wanted to verify the information i got from the seller and know if he is lying to me or not. Any ideas from fellow tea appreciators are warmthly welcomed!
Yeah and concerning the question if the pot is yixing it should be. (and Daniel please correct me if I am wrong) this should be ben shan mud clay which is in the green tones and whixh as been burned in Dragon kiln (as the seller told me) for relatively high temperature so the smaller corns of the sand with a lower heat resistance have burned out (these are the small nbalck pots as you can see on the surface of the pot). As the pot is not being turned arround in the kiln one of the side is being burned more or less because the temperature is not the same from both sides od the pot as the kiln is something like a long chimney build on the side of hill - thats why it is called dragon kiln (I dont fully understand the mechanism so here I am just guessing) thats why there are unregullar paterns on the surface of the pot....
I have experience buying teapots from the same website on eBay as the one you purchased from. Many of their teapots are not as old as they described and the teapots have been chemically treated. It is very hard to clean the dark chemical color for you to safely use the teapot.
The picture in Reply #14 on Feb 7, 2011, 1:55pm, shows the bottom of the interior has the same kind of chemical dark color. Hopefully, you have cleaned the teapot thoroughly before you use it.
In my option, it is very seldom for one to find old teapots which are buried in earth or soil and later dug up by somebody in perfect condition. However, many business men color teapots or porcelain item with artificial coloring to make them look like antiques, and tell customers that this is antique from a village of China.
If you have used your teapots for tea making for more than 3 years, you will know how the color and shine of the yixing teapot changes as it is seasoned by tea making. The teapot should become smoother and develops a natural patina from tea.
The first and the most important thing in choosing a teapot is not the shape, color, nor the age, but the safety of its use (i.e clean of chemical). If you don't know much about yixing teapots or are not sure which one is suitable for you tea, always ask a trusted and knowledgeable teashop owner or friend.
Please do not be offended by my straightforward opinion. I have spent a lot of money buying bad teapots, some with chemical as well. I hope that everyone finds joy, enjoyment and interest in the process of tea making and also gain better health as well.
Hi Otm. At first, I am definitely not being offended by your straightforwarded words rather than happy that you provided me with such important information indeed! To be honest I not belived too much to a fact that for 30 bucks you could get an old pot-but you know you are always looking for new sources when getting your pots and following the ebay, this seller looks like being trustful. But good to know. I fully agree with your point that primarily you want a safe pot- knowing this I would definitely not buy a pot from this guy. It is true that when I was cleaning the dragon egg, it took me about an hour or more as the toothpaste I used has been gradually coloured in the grey- that was supposedly the chemicals leaving the walls (and this could also explain the funky smell of the inside of the pot when poured with hot water). I think I have cleaned it thoroughly (and boiled out with pu) and that it is safe now but you just scared the hell out of me because I will be definitely in for buying this pot if declared being new- there was no need to make such things with that pot to get it sold-and I mean will you do that when you then sell the pot for 30USD? make no sense to me but I see that in China the thing are being treated differently.
Concerning the digging out of the pots from soil, I just ment it in the sense taht the pot smells like being dig in the earth purposefully to get the staining and old feeling- I think that if someone will find such a pot in a almost perfect condition, he or she will definitely keep it fo itself or sell it for multiples of the purchase price I gave for it:)
once again otm, thank you very much for your words- this is really very helpful and gives me (and as I hope also to all readers of this thread) a useful "reality check" when obtaining new pots!a