"...having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts."
Though I do not practice Buddhism or any Martial Art, I believe that the concept of Shoshin is aptly suited when practicing our craft/art, as well as other related topics, such as shopping for teaware. I've heard and read some statements such as "Good teapots have a minimum price tag of 100 Dollars, if not more." and "Cheap/Inexpensive teapots are almost always a waste of time."
Ok, so I listened to arguments that are for and against different ways of thinking. I've purchased expensive teapots, and I've bought inexpensive teapots as well. Here's the latest inexpensive pot:
|Jiang Po Ni - Gao Deng Shape|
A few weeks later, it was at my doorstep, and I set out to clean it with warm/hot water and a toothbrush that's only used for the inside of new pots. There was no heavy clay smell and it didn't seem to be underfired - in fact the body rang very clearly when i tapped it with the edge of my fingernail. It's obviously not handmade - that isn't a big deal to me, given how inexpensive it is.
Since then I've tried it with every type and subtype of tea that I have, only to have it completely rob the flavour, mouthfeel, everything, from the tea.
I've thought about giving it a seasoning not terribly dissimilar to what I wrote about last time, but the clay is very thin and theres no reason to risk chipping or breaking it. Until then, while I'm glad that I was able to use the Shoshin idea, I regret to say that it didn't pan out too well in the end. Until I figure out what to do with this pretty, but somewhat useless pot, I'm going to have to just let it look pretty off to the side somewhere.
See ya soon.