where to buy yixing
Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:16 PM
And has anyone tried this place?
I hate to judge a book by its cover, but the production value of the site and lack of up-front prices is a little sketchy. The catalog is rather expansive, however. Thanks folks.
Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:51 PM
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:31 PM
Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:06 PM
and see what they can do for you.
I don't have any direct knowledge of how they price when selling to retailers or restaurants, but I have purchased several tea pots from them and they have been very helpful finding special pots for me.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:59 AM
Believe it or not, some of the pots that Rishi sells (specifically, the ones made by 经典陶坊 -- jdart.cn) are decent clay and a decent price, though most of the ones Rishi carries are a bit on the large size.
There site is weird, and I've never purchased stuff from them, but I've heard Ok things about funalliance.com. Not sure how active they are these days, but worth checking out.
Another outside shot, but you could try Aroma in Vancouver (Canadian branch of HK's Lam Kie Yuen -- aromateahouse.com). They have some decent quality shui ping style pots in various sizes which are reasonably priced.
Whatever you do, you are wise to do at least some basic tests for product safety, and use your common sense to avoid unnatural looking colors. While I don't want to overstate the risks, there have certainly been some safety issues with some products sold as zisha (though most of the so-called zishagate story seems to have involved slow-cookers and other products, rather than teapots).
Edited by Will, 12 February 2011 - 03:24 AM.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 09:13 AM
On another forum, people have been complaining about funalliance.com, seems to be defunct.
No idea if these places would be interested in wholesaling, but I've heard pleased comments about the basic pots and service from these retailers, who seem to offer some basic pots in good sizes, rather than individual boutique highly priced pots: yunnansourcing.com & dragonteahouse's ebay store. Most of the rest of the sources I've been pointed to seem to specialize in more expensive individually sold pots.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:04 PM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 01:00 AM
I don't quite follow this point. Traditionally, many Yixing pots tend to be small, and pots of 70-120 ml are certainly common (and useful for those of us who don't drink tea in large groups often).
Since you are talking about buying for a cafe, I assume you are talking about a fairly low price point, which brings up two potential difficulties. First, traditional Yixing of 100ml are hard to find; 150 - 200 ml easier.
Edited by Will, 13 February 2011 - 01:00 AM.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:48 AM