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Spring Festival 2014


Today,  January 31st 2014, is Chinese New Year.  It is the year of the Horse.

Wishing all my friends and viewers a very prosperous, lucky, healthy and happy Chinese New Year.  Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Thank you for your visits and have a blessed new year.

花開 富貴 ~ huākāi fùguì  ~  Abundance In Full Bloom!

Tray Pots

Tray Pots

Tray pots or clay pots? ……..it is a tray of old Yixing clay teapots.

I have a few trays of  these teapots which are picked at random to brew tea.  Just like the little birds in the nest, sticking out their heads with gaping mouth waiting to be fed.

Chirpy chirpy chirp chirp.

Soul of the Old Yixing Tea Pots

“So how much does this pot cost?” It is a common question to ask when we see a pot.

Well, the pot (in the picture below) cost only US$2 in 1979.  It is a Yixing pot made of Zisha mined in Huanglongshan.  The mining stopped in mid 90s.  There are claims that there are still abundant of these real old zisha clay,  but they are  rarely seen in  new pots from year 2000 onwards.

The actual cost now?   Perhaps 100 to 200 times or even more….the addition is for the warm and soul of the pot.  Yixing pots especially old ones have certain charisma which embodies the tea ceremony holistically.  Tea connoisseurs love to nurture these pots.  The value or affinity to the pot increases when the pot developed a beautiful patina.  Most collector would treat these pots as their children and could hardly part with them at any price.

Below are two pots done in 1979 by Yixing Factory 1, before (left pot) and after nurturing.

Shui Ping

Another pot that has been nurtured with a nice patina.

Flat pot

Acquring tea

Photo taken in Guilin while sipping a cup of tea.
Photo taken in Guilin while sipping a cup of tea.

“Tea should be acquired by evaluation and tasting and not by stories.

Likewise, a beautiful  landscape should be appreciated by seeing and not by hearing.”