06 August 2008


I'm not posting much lately here. Life has kept me busy: I'm studying to suffer the GMAT and anticipate having more time for posts when the exam is finished, at least until I start school applications.

Also, ceramics classes have absorbed many of my free hours, quickly becoming a new passion: this much word vomit hasn't spewed out of my mouth onto friends and family since tea first became an interest. I can only thank them for putting up with the boring rantings of a novice potter. Tonight, I trim my first successfully thrown pieces, which include a chawan, a teacup, and three bowls of different shapes. I'll post pictures when they're finished. I don't anticipate them coming out very good. In ceramics as in tea, practice produces aesthetics.

These past few weeks, my teapots have brewed mostly sheng and shu pu'er and dancong. My dancong brewing noticeably improves each time, becoming more and more second nature. These improvements appear to enhance my brewing of all teas. For example, two shu teas once written off as mediocre now taste quite good, even when I'm not paying them so much attention.

More later. If you stopped by and read this post, tell me what you're drinking lately. :)


Brent said...

Ooh, ceramics eh? Sounds much more fun than GMAT studying, I look forward to the pics.

I'm not drinking much lately. Some yancha here and there, some ddok cha courtesy of Matt, and some sencha, but none of them in much quantity.


Salsero said...

As usual, a little of everything. I make up in breadth for what I lack in depth. Yellow, Chinese Green, Darjeeling, and Bao Zhong have been playing a bigger role than usual now that shincha fever has passed.

Someday maybe I will qualify to climb that Dan Cong learning curve, but not yet.

Hope you ace the GMAT. I rather expect it of you, but a little study might still help!

Teop said...

Best of luck with the ceramics. Let me know when you're ready to take orders, I could use a few good canisters for storing tea!

At work I'm drinking shu that doesn't require much attention, and on the weekends when I can focus on the tea I'm drinking Dan Cong.

Best of luck with the GMATs.

Smooth Salvatore Bruno said...

I've been drinking some wonderful Wu Ling Spring Oolong I just got from Taiwan.
BTW. I enjoy your blog.