Yixing inventory #17: Mengchen

First of all, happy year of the rooster to everyone!

This pot has a bit of a weird clay – looks great, but it has this really hollow sound which makes me think it’s got a crack, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s just a more hollow sounding clay, I suppose, but I am hesitant to use it. The line at the bottom of the pot says “When the moon is in the middle of the sky it’s especially bright” and the name Mengchen. 170ml.


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Yixing inventory #17: Mengchen — 9 Comments

  1. Dear Marshaln,

    What a beautiful colored teapot. Striking! And the Hanzi characters are quite beautiful too. Are you hesitant to use it because of the color (maybe bad things in the clay) or because of the potential hidden crack?

    Thanks and good wishes,

    Francis

  2. Marhaln,

    Excuse my ignorance, but can’t you just fill it with cold water and put it in your kitchen sink to test for cracks? I understand not using hot water, but I can’t imagine not trying a water test first, right?

    • It’s not something visible – I can’t see it, but it sounds like it has a crack. That happens sometimes when you have a nice patina that covers up the cracks, or maybe it’s hidden. It’s not always obvious either – or it might be a very small thing now that will not really leak, but as soon as you pour hot water in it the crack pops and you’re in trouble.

  3. Some interesting information on here, I am just looking to get into more advanced tea practice and some gonfu traditions. What brand do you recommend for a less expensive but decent tea ware?

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