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Yixing Inventory #25: Gemingchang

April 17, 2021 · Leave a Comment

As I said last time, I have a few of these. This one is bigger, with a slightly more purple colour, but largely the same shape otherwise. Since having seen a lot of these, Gemingchang pots tend to look very similar in many ways, just coming in different sizes. 140ml.

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Yixing Inventory #24: Nameless rough pot 1

March 31, 2021 · 1 Comment

This was my very first pot of this type. These rough, badly finished clay pots that are rather porous in nature. I’ve since acquire more of them, but this is the one I used for years for young pu. I bought this pot in 2008. It’s been used for young pu since then, although the past couple years it’s been left mostly on the shelf as I used other pots. Maybe I should bring it out again for some work. 110ml.

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Yixing Inventory #23: Ghetto kintsugi

March 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

This is one of those pots I bought already broken. There’s some light carving on the side with words. The lacquer is bulging out – I suppose I could try sanding it down, which would probably make it look better than it does at the moment. It seems like the entire front was smashed into a few pieces and glued back together. It was a traumatic event. 95ml.

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Yixing Inventory #22: Mengchen

February 25, 2021 · Leave a Comment

I have a feeling I need to come up with something for the titles, otherwise there’s going to be a lot of “Mengchen” in this.

This is a pot with a nice, smooth clay, a “Mengchen” chop at the bottom, and not much else. It’s large, 160ml. One of those that I cleaned and actually (once in a while) use. I should put it back in rotation.

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Yixing Inventory #21: Mengchen

February 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Another typical “Mengchen” marked pot, which basically means nothing. These are wood chops, supposedly popular in the late Qing/Early Republic era. The pot is an interesting purple brown, with a smooth skin. The lid is very loose on this one, sitting a bit awkwardly on the pot, but it is otherwise quite functional. 130ml.

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Yixing Inventory #20: Gemingchang

February 12, 2021 · Leave a Comment

I’ve been delinquent in updating this series. Here goes.

This is a pot marked “Gemingchang”, a producer of Yixing pots in the proverbial “Late Qing, early Republic” period. There are lots of these on the market, many of them fake. I’ve got maybe half a dozen of these, and I think after a while you notice a few things. This shape here is a pretty classic one for this mark. The cut on the spout is usually sharp. Really nice, practical pots. 100ml

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Yixing inventory #19: Repaired

March 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

At this rate I’ll be posting pots for years and still have stuff leftover. I am a sucker for pots that have been repaired with these old nail technique. They’re really pretty. 125ml.

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Yixing inventory #18: Duanni?

February 20, 2017 · 3 Comments

This is another one of these yellow clay pots that are a bit odd – this one has a slight greenish tint to it. No marks. 125ml.

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Yixing inventory #17: Mengchen

January 31, 2017 · 10 Comments

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 #16: black clay

November 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Boxes are sometimes an attraction unto themselves, especially if they come with a little cloth bag for the pot. The box says “Yixing kiln – black clay teapot”. 110ml.

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