Tea & Teaware

All the proceeds support the creation of Light Meets Life!

Light Meets Life is the bigger future version of our current center, Tea Sage Hut. We plan to build Light Meets Life in the mountains nearby to Miao Li. Our current center hosts hundreds of guests a year. All food, lodging, tea and teachings are free. We operate on a pay-it-forward system. Light Meets Life will continue in that same spirit of giving. We hope to be able to host up to fifteen permanent residents and forty guests on any given day in the new center. The proceeds of this tea and teaware will be used towards the creation of Light Meets Life. Click on the pictures of any of the tea or teaware to see a full page of details!


Tea

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Please contribute what you can for these 3 amazing 250g cakes of tea. The minimum is US 130$ + Free shipping.
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This is of our Holistic Healing Cakes series for this year’s Light Meets Life fundraiser, which are each created for the three energies that make up the human being, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine: Jing (), Qi () and Shen (). Vitality cake is the essence. It is the most vibrant of the three, connecting you to your genetic source, sexual energy and core, where you dig when you need one more push. Energy is the flow and movement of the world. It is the most subtle of the three, connecting you to your breath and movement, gross and subtle. And Shen is the spirit. It is the most cosmic of the three, connecting you to the Celestial energy that brings perspective and balance to a healthy life.

Vitality comes from Big Snow Mountain in Lincang. It is a very vibrant dianhong. Energy is a subtle, fragrant, wispy flowing dianhong from old trees in Yiwu and Spirit is a cosmic shou to bring Heaven to Earth. (You can read more about each individual cake on their own webpages) Donating for a whole set will let us give you free shipping!
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This cake is part of our Holistic Healing Cakes series for this year’s Light Meets Life fundraiser, which are each created for the three energies that make up the human being, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine: Jing (), Qi () and Shen (). This is the Vitality cake, representing the essence. It is the most vibrant of the three, connecting you to your genetic source, sexual energy and core, where you dig when you need one more push. (You can buy the whole set and get free shipping)

Vitality comes from Big Snow Mountain (大雪山) in Lincang. Big Snow Mountain is a high-altitude area that’s home to many tea gardens, including lots of clean eco-arboreal gardens and some ancient gardens in the forests as well.

Vitality was processed with care from first flush of Spring 2017 Assamica tea leaves harvested from younger eco-arboreal gardens near the village. This affordable red tea is amongst the best we have ever created.

Vitality has a bright and crisp maroon liquor that invigorates you. It is sweet, malty and delicious. It is truly amongst the best dian hong teas we have ever tried! It has a sweet, rich and bright liquor that is one of the reddest red teas we have ever seen—red like rubies thrust towards the sky. It is thick and complex, very interesting and patient as well. The Qi is vigorous and strong, yang and rising. It is great in the morning, especially if you want some calm force to start the day right. It is also one of the best teas to help you have a clear meditation session, which is one reason why we chose it.
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This cake is part of our Holistic Healing Cakes series for this year’s Light Meets Life fundraiser, which are each created for the three energies that make up the human being, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine: Jing (), Qi () and Shen (). This is the Energy cake, representing the flow and movement of the world. It is the most subtle of the three, connecting you to your breath and movement, gross and subtle. (You can buy the whole set and get free shipping)

Yiwu is the Queen of puerh. The most famous teas of the previous eras all came from Yiwu. And the reputation isn’t all hype. The tea from Yiwu is strong and vibrant, sweet and smooth. It is great for aging and drinking alike. This dian hong is no exception. It is from old-growth trees from a stunning garden. These older trees yield gentle, smooth and steady brews, with thick liquor and the tradition honey-fragrance aftertaste of nice Yiwu tea. The oxidation is lower, preserving the power and essence of this magical tea. This is amongst the smoothest and most radiant dian hong teas we have ever tried.

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This cake is part of our Holistic Healing Cakes series for this year’s Light Meets Life fundraiser, which are each created for the three energies that make up the human being, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine: Jing (), Qi () and Shen (). This is the Shen cake, representing the spirit. It is the most cosmic of the three, connecting you to the Celestial energy that brings perspective and balance to a healthy life. (You can buy the whole set and get free shipping)

Spirit is one of the best shou teas we have ever had. It comes from an organic garden in Mengku (勐库). That tea was sheng maocha, whereas this tea has been piled. It is a good garden, with some old-growth trees. It is an eco-arboreal garden, which we define as the gardens nearer to the village, which aren’t as good as forest gardens, but are still certified organic, biodiverse, often have old trees and are an example of village farmers and Nature working together cooperatively.

This tea is also a great example of all the principles we have been discussing for how to create a great shou tea. It was intentionally produced—we chose this tea specifically, as it is an affordable maocha from a nice garden. This already makes it extremely rare in the world of shou tea. It was then piled with the introduction of microbes from previous pilings, and done so to a very specific degree: We wanted to maintain as much of the essence of these beautiful trees, leaves and environment in the finished tea as possible, so we requested that the piling be light. Overall, this tea was piled for around twenty-five days, which is much less than the fully-fermented cycles of forty-five to sixty days that most tea producers are following. This means that the tea is still slightly green, especially around the edges. The skillful piling means that there is no “piling flavor (dui wei, 堆味),” even though it is a new shou puerh.

This also means that Spirit is a great candidate for long-term storage. It won’t just mellow out like fully-fermented shou, losing the pondy piling flavors, but it will actually age and change like a sheng puerh, only to a lesser extent. It will grow deeper and develop all the wonderful flavors and aromas of aged puerh that we know and love, like Chinese herbs, plums, ginseng and that “ancient places” aroma. We are excited to store this tea as a community and taste it throughout its journey.

Spirit is a deep and powerful shou. It draws you inward and connects you to the natural wisdom in your heart. We have found it to be calming, with both earthy flavors and energy. It is dark and rich, with a lessened, though still very present, vibrancy, like you get from a young sheng. We love the flavor, smoothness and Qi of this tea, along with its future potential to become something absolutely extraordinary. As you drink this tea, bowl by bowl or cup by cup, you will find a deep warmth radiating from within. The Chinese say that when the Shen, the Spirit, descends to the heart, the eyes light up, which is why tea is said to “brighten the eyes (明目).” And this tea does brighten the eyes in a very powerful way, changing the way you see the world!
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This beautiful cake comes from Daqing village in Jinggu, which is about 1600 meters above sea level. “Moonlight White (Yue Guang Bai, 月光白)” is a unique white tea that lies somewhere between a white and red tea, depending on how long it is withered by the farmers and then how long it is aged after drying. They say that this tea was once withered under the moon, which is why it is named thus, though these days that is more of a colorful tale. Our tea was processed in autumn, when the moon is at its fullest, and since it withered more—most likely overnight—though not outdoors, it is, in its own way, connected to the moon. The extra withering lends this tea a darker, redder liquor. Our tea is truly somewhere between a red and white tea.

This white tea is richer than almost any other white tea we have experienced. This is because it comes from old-growth, large-leaf trees and is withered longer. These wild trees have natural, whitish-purple buds, but the tea is composed of leaves and buds both, lending it a greater depth and more complex body. The large-leaf tea doesn’t wither and dry the way small-leaf white tea does, whether Silver Needle (only bud) or Bai Mu Dan, which has leaves like our tea.

Moonlight White is gorgeously sweet, like dew. It tastes to us the way flowers must taste to hummingbirds. Some sips are fruity and the next are flowery and musky. It is a very deep and complex tea, especially for a white tea. White teas are rarely this rich, either in the mouth or the body—for make no mistake, Moonlight White is also deep and transformative. If you can, drink it outside under a full moon, which will change your life!
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Wu De says that Source might be the most powerful tea we have ever shared in a Light Meets Life fundraiser, and certainly one of the best. Energy-wise, it is amongst the best puerh teas we have ever tried. It is bold, brisk, boundless and beautiful. It comes from ancient, wild trees deep in the forests outside of Dehong, which is still a very pristine part of Yunnan. The vibrancy of this tea is amazing. You really can feel the forest in it. Though it is almost ten years old, it was stored in a dry environment, so it has a liquor more like a three- to five-year-old tea. But it hasn’t dried out, and still has plenty of aging potential!

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The Dream is actually the culmination of a twelve-year project to try and create sheng puerh that we, ourselves want to drink and store. Back in the day, no one drank young sheng puerh. All sheng puerh was produced for aging. As more and more tea lovers have started enjoying young sheng, the production has shifted towards something more like green tea. Two of the things that often made cakes of the Masterpiece (1949-1972) and Seven Sons (1972-1998) eras of puerh unique were that the tea was oxidized slightly more and that multiple years of tea (maocha) were blended together. Many old-timers have told us that factory blends very often contained slightly aged tea with young tea if it proved bolder and more “ageable.”

We wanted to create a tea that would be amazing to drink now and a super candidate for storage, as well. We knew we wanted to use Yiwu raw material, but maybe outside the focused areas to find something more affordable and clean. We also needed a farmer to work with us on getting the oxidation levels to where we wanted. Eventually, we found someone with old-growth, clean trees to help and started sampling. The early samples were all over-oxidized—more like a lightly-oxidized dian hong. Then when we got that right, we saved tea from the last two years and blended them in this stellar cake. This tea is sweet, thick and deep. It is a phenomenal tea for drinking or aging.
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Boundlessness is our sheng puerh cake for this year. It comes from wild, old-growth trees on Wuliang Mountain, which is some of the highest tea in Yunnan. Wu Lian g peaks at over 3,000 meters and our cake comes from old trees growing at around 2,000 meters. This tea was sourced by Master Tsai and Snow for us, who traveled to the region and chose this year’s sheng, watching to make sure the tea was picked from old trees and then carried back down the mountain for pressing. The tea was harvested from trees that are all two hundred or more years old. They are also all wild, seed-propagated, chemical-free and from rich biodiverse ecologies. Each cake was then stone-pressed by Snow’s friends in Kunming. Boundlessness is full and rich, uplifting with a stronger relationship to the sky due to the altitude. We find it sweet, with many floral notes, but with a depth and Qi that means it will also be a great candidate for aging. Our cost for this tea was around eighty dollars a cake, so the minimum donation is very affordable. We are hoping that some of you will contribute more, as is so often the case, and help us build our future Center together!
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Free tea box with hand-painted calligraphy included with every single cake!

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This is another very rare opportunity to drink some excellent old-growth puerh tea. This year we traveled to Jingmai with Master Tsai, who has a long-standing friendship with a local family. Snow, our guide, had already gone ahead a month earlier to make sure that we got fresh spring tea, and that they chose from older trees in the forest for our cakes. She supervised the entire process and collected the tea back to Kunming right away. Our cakes are all from old trees, ranging in age from 200 to 800 years.

The tea is stunning, with a powerful and vibrant Qi that takes you directly to the forest. These trees speak old languages we’ve all but forgotten. This is amongst the most powerful teas we’ve ever tried.

The Jingmai tea growing area covers the Lancang County villages of Jingmai and Mangjing. This stretch of 10,000mu cultivated ancient tea gardens has upwards of a thousand years of history. Scholars believe the Jingmai tea mountain was first cultivated over 1200 years ago in 696 C.E. by the ancestors of the Bulang people. The next several dynasties saw a succession of tea planting, leading to the current scale of cultivation. The Jingmai Old-Growth Tea Garden is one of the largest conservatories for old tea trees in the world. It is, furthermore, completely protected and one-hundred percent organic, living tea. In all of our travels in Yunnan, we have never visited a place with a greater concentration of tea trees. Unlike the tall trees in Ai Lao, which are very unique due to the altitude and deciduous nature of the forest, the trees in Jingmai are the more typical jungle/rainforest kind of tea tree, with twisted fairy-tale trunks and branches covered in mold, fungus, vines and other species like Crab’s Claw, which we had the fortune to add to a bowl or two. The forest here sings of tea—a song that we hope you hear through these pages!


The minimum contribution for one of these amazing 250g cakes is 108USD. You are welcome to donate anything beyond that, knowing that it will help bring us closer to building our new center! This price does not include shipping, which will be quoted to you and depend on your country. If you are interested in having one of these 200 cakes or have any questions that weren’t answered here, please contact us.

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We are so excited to share this beautiful aged tieguanyin with you. It is from an organic farm in Muzha, Taiwan, and was harvested in 2006, so it is already more than ten years old. It was traditionally processed, with heavy oxidation and roast, making it a wonderful and delicious brew right now and also a great candidate for aging. The liquor is bright, sweet and slightly sour, with a bold Qi, complex aromas and is more patient than what you are used to in an oolong (it is “iron goddess of mercy,” after all).

Drinking aged tieguanyin is one of Wu De’s favorite past times. Whenever there is a pause in the Center’s busy schedule and he can drink some tea in his “Ruddy-Faced, Scraggly-Haired Hermit’s Hut” (that is really the name of his house), he very often chooses an aged tieguanyin. Tieguanyin is rich, complex, bold and delicious with strong Qi and it is patient, lasting many steepings—the perfect companion for a ruddy-faced man studying or meditating!

Puerh requires humidity to grow and age well, so many places around the world aren’t suitable for aging puerh. Oolong doesn’t ferment, though, it only oxidizes over time, which means it does not require humidity. In fact, oolong ages better in a dry, sealed environment! Also, oolong changes faster than puerh, growing beautiful in ten years, exquisite in twenty and absolutely stunning in thirty years. It is more difficult nowadays to find an oolong worth aging, though, as lightly-oxidized, greener oolong is the mainstay. Such tea can age, but the high moisture content in the leaves means it will have to dry out first, and therefore take a long time to reach a nice stage, also passing through a long, awkward and undrinkable phase. Traditionally-processed oolong, on the other hand, is drinkable at any age, including just a few months after it is processed, and only gets better with time. This tea can be quite joyously drunk now or aged and drunk even more happily in some years!

We had the tea wrapped in the traditional paper style of yesteryear and created our own stamp to mark the bamboo paper. Through some stunning generosity and good fortune we were able to attain this tea at a very affordable price (less than this year’s Muzha tieguanyin!).
Our Expansion Packs are not part of our Light Meets Life fundraisers. In fact, they aren’t fundraisers at all. We try to offer a few opportunities a year to expand the topic of the magazine and let you try many different kinds of tea that explore whatever issue we are currently publishing. We try to keep them at $40-$50 and spend most everything on the tea, packaging and shipping. This effort is purely educational. Learn more at the Expansion Pack webpage.
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We have created these amazing kettle and stove sets out of genuine Zisha clay, which will get better with every use if you use fine-quality water. Every detail of these kettle sets has been designed by Wu De with pure tradition and function in mind.

Tradition: these sets are modeled after the design of Mulberry Creek white-clay stoves from Chaozhou, which are one of the Four Treasures of gongfu tea. Antique white-clay stoves are hard to find and are very fragile cracking at the slightest touch easily, and the modern examples aren’t made from the same clay. The old ones were underfired due to the composition of the natural, white river clay from Mulberry Creek. Modern craftsmen do not know where that place is any longer and use many kinds of white clay to create their stoves. Often, the underfiring leaves an earthy taste behind that is not suitable for many teas, especially light ones. Yixing has a much better effect on water, creating smooth, round and bright water, so it was an obvious choice. The best gongfu water is boiled on charcoal and then transferred to Yixing.

Function: Wu De wanted the shape to be as close as possible to the traditional kettles with cannon spouts that allow for greater control of distance and speed of pour. Through experimentation with many handles, he also insisted that the handles be made of clay, for better stability and control, as detachable bamboo or metal handles wobble and are less steady. He also moved the carb hole to the back behind the handle, which solves two issues: first, one problem with clay handles is that they can conduct heat and if the carb was on the lid, steam may make the handle too hot to handle, so having the hole in the back prevents this. Secondly, this actually improves the smoothness of the pour, making for greater control over the stream, since there is greater air pressure behind each pore.

He designed the stove to be very functional as well. One of the problems with traditional Mulberry creek stoves, as well as many modern stoves, is that the kettle often smothers the alcohol flam if the kettle and stove are both flat. Wu tried many solutions and found that the best was to cut square holes in the surface of the stove’s rim, much like the turrets of a castle, allowing airflow from the hole at the bottom of the brazier and through the top as well.

The brazier splits in half, so you can use a taller or shorter version of your alcohol stove depending on the chaxi you choose, though the bottom half doesn’t have turrets for good air flow. There is a hemp wrap around the upper portion so you can move the whole stove, or release the top when it is hot.

We are including two alcohol burners, one glass and one tin. The glass one is amongst the highest quality we could find. It has a porcelain top and is made of thicker Japanese glass. It fits inside the top and bottom part of the burner. The tin alcohol burner is cheaper, but it travels really well and we suspect some of you who travel to make to, or make lots of outdoor tea, may even use this with your other kettles. It only fits in the upper burner, as it is bigger, but has a strong flame and is durable.

Technically, the stove is designed with a basket for charcoal, as it is based on old-school Chaozhou stoves, but Yixing conducts heat very well and there is a good chance your stove will crack if you use charcoal. This is meant as an alcohol stove only. If you are going to use coals, only put them in the center of the upper well and only a very small amount that does not get the sides hot or the stove may crack and the hemp roast! We cannot be responsible if it cracks! This stove is only for maintaining heat, not for boiling water! Also, the kettle works best on a small amount of charcoal or alcohol. You cannot use it on gas or an electric stove, and if you want to be safe, only use it on alcohol!

You may wonder why we chose Yixing zisha for the stove at all since it cannot be used for charcoal and alcohol both and another kind of ceramic or even metal could. One reason is aesthetic, to have uniformity in the set. The other is that the material the kettle is touching will actually influence the water subtly, and zisha on zisha is smoother. Once you compare the water from this kettle, made from forty-year-old Yixing zisha clay, you will understand why we chose it!

The entire set of stove and kettle comes in a custom wooden box that Wu De has hand-painted with a bit of calligraphy. They are all handmade and so will have minor differences as a result.

Each set is a minimum donation of $300 + a flat shipping fee of $70, which means we can wrap it up extra safe and make sure it reaches anywhere in the world it is headed without a problem. There are only 100 of these magical sets in the world and each is numbered.
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These amazing cups are from the early- to mid-Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). They are roughly three hundred years old. In our experience, antique cups make much better tea. The quality of the porcelain, wood firing and simple spirit of use over time enhance one’s tea greatly. We invite you to experiment with these cups versus modern ones. We think you also will find that they improve your tea. These cups are glazed on the outside with celadon as decoration, which makes them quite gorgeous, indeed.
 
These were originally wine cups, though they have most likely been used for tea for decades now. They were not high-class cups either, but simple, ordinary ones, used by everyday people like us, which we feel better expresses the spirit of tea. As a result, they are wabi, which means imperfect. We will do our best to match the cups in sets of five, which is the traditional number of a set of cups, but there will be some variation in size. Also, these cups are three hundred years old, so they all have spots, chips and sometimes even hairline cracks (not leaking though). Antique cups that are perfect grade are very expensive, often more for one cup than this entire set. We hope that like us you will not only accept the “blemishes” of time on these cups, but celebrate them for what they are: the wear and tear of daily use over centuries, which is a large part of the soul in these cups!

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Ju Lun Ju is our favorite shape of teapot, as it is most-beloved by most all the tea teachers we know and study with. The round body makes them good for any kind of tea. We asked the potters to make ours a little taller, so that they would literally be a compromise for all kinds of tea. This simple, rustic style of pot is intentionally left unfinished: the lids often wobble, the insides are crude and all is left unadorned. We feel that this best suites the spirit of Tea, which should be a celebration of the simple, ordinary life and the natural beauty in imperfection. The open spout means you have much greater control over the pour of the pot, allowing for a greater freedom of speed and distance, which becomes important for different kinds of tea as you become more sensitive.

They say that one of the best aesthetics for tea is a “royal steed tethered to a thatched hut,” which refers to the juxtaposition of something elegant and fine with simple, rustic materials. To celebrate this, we had the Heart Sutra handcarved on each of these pots, adding some spirit and grace to what would otherwise be very simple. We had to hire an eighty-year-old carver, long since retired, to carve the pots as the young carvers don’t know how to do the entire Heart Sutra by hand anymore. The tradition of carving calligraphy, and the Heart Sutra in particular, onto Yixing pots dates back centuries. The carving is done by different artists than the pot-makers and is a discipline of mastery in its own right. Ordinarily, carving or three-dimensional decoration decreases the quality of tea you can prepare with a pot, but for some reason this influence is not there so pronouncedly with the Heart Sutra. Master Lin always shrugs his shoulders at this and smiling, saying that the Heart Sutra is the only carving he’d want on a pot. We will include Wu De’s translation of the Heart Sutra, which he worked on for over a decade, and which we chant almost every day at the Center, with each pot.

There are four pots this year. Each are made from genuine, old Yixing ore mined from Yellow Dragon Mountain. The zisha pots are made from forty-year-old clay. We have two zisha, purple clay, and two hongni, or red clay. One of each is fired in an electric kiln and the other two are wood-fired. In other words, we have a wood and electric-fired version of each clay. Please be aware the Ju Lun Ju teapots are rustic and quaint. The wood-fired pots were fired in traditional dragon kilns. They are meant to be “wabi,” or gloriously imperfect. They are intentionally left unfinished and rustic, as this is the aesthetic of humility. Also, each pot is handcrafted and so is unique, as are the carvings. The wood-fired pots likewise vary in color and darkness depending on which place in the kiln they occupied. (If you want to choose one of these pots, you’ll have another good reason to visit the Center.) Finally, some of you will surely ask about how to hold a Ju Lun Ju lid, as it has a flat button. But it also has thick sides for this reason, and that is how you hold it (as shown in the photographs). These pots are 13-140 ml.
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Ju Lun Ju is our favorite shape of teapot, as it is most-beloved by most all the tea teachers we know and study with. The round body makes them good for any kind of tea. We asked the potters to make ours a little taller, so that they would literally be a compromise for all kinds of tea. This simple, rustic style of pot is intentionally left unfinished: the lids often wobble, the insides are crude and all is left unadorned. We feel that this best suites the spirit of Tea, which should be a celebration of the simple, ordinary life and the natural beauty in imperfection. The open spout means you have much greater control over the pour of the pot, allowing for a greater freedom of speed and distance, which becomes important for different kinds of tea as you become more sensitive.

They say that one of the best aesthetics for tea is a “royal steed tethered to a thatched hut,” which refers to the juxtaposition of something elegant and fine with simple, rustic materials. To celebrate this, we had the Heart Sutra handcarved on each of these pots, adding some spirit and grace to what would otherwise be very simple. We had to hire an eighty-year-old carver, long since retired, to carve the pots as the young carvers don’t know how to do the entire Heart Sutra by hand anymore. The tradition of carving calligraphy, and the Heart Sutra in particular, onto Yixing pots dates back centuries. The carving is done by different artists than the pot-makers and is a discipline of mastery in its own right. Ordinarily, carving or three-dimensional decoration decreases the quality of tea you can prepare with a pot, but for some reason this influence is not there so pronouncedly with the Heart Sutra. Master Lin always shrugs his shoulders at this and smiling, saying that the Heart Sutra is the only carving he’d want on a pot. We will include Wu De’s translation of the Heart Sutra, which he worked on for over a decade, and which we chant almost every day at the Center, with each pot.

There are four pots this year. Each are made from genuine, old Yixing ore mined from Yellow Dragon Mountain. The zisha pots are made from forty-year-old clay. We have two zisha, purple clay, and two hongni, or red clay. One of each is fired in an electric kiln and the other two are wood-fired. In other words, we have a wood and electric-fired version of each clay. Please be aware the Ju Lun Ju teapots are rustic and quaint. The wood-fired pots were fired in traditional dragon kilns. They are meant to be “wabi,” or gloriously imperfect. They are intentionally left unfinished and rustic, as this is the aesthetic of humility. Also, each pot is handcrafted and so is unique, as are the carvings. The wood-fired pots likewise vary in color and darkness depending on which place in the kiln they occupied. (If you want to choose one of these pots, you’ll have another good reason to visit the Center.) Finally, some of you will surely ask about how to hold a Ju Lun Ju lid, as it has a flat button. But it also has thick sides for this reason, and that is how you hold it (as shown in the photographs). These pots are 13-140 ml.