Love for my Cha Hai

I purchased this cha hai at Maliandao tea market in September of 2011 while in Beijing. It has not left my side since that time. If I am taking tea at home, this guy is with me.

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It has developed a distinguished strip down the front of its curved belly. A slightly darker broken ring is now visible on the interior. No amount of scrubbing seems able to remove either.

Foolishly, I considered swapping out for a glass pitcher on several occasions as I wasn’t sure how well it went with different gaiwans, pots, cups. However, each time the thought crossed my mind, I felt as if I was considering cheating on a partner.

In reality, it suits the Arte Povera feel of my tea set-up.

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This post is for you, little trooper.

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