No need to speak of
Your mind becomes bright.
-- Seo Geo-jeong (1420-1488)
This wonderful quote begins the Forward of a book that Matt of Mattcha's blog is guiding those who are interested in a sort of online tea book club. Like drinking tea, these old tea texts appear very straight-forward on the surface. And they are. But spend a bit of time sitting with them and it's possible for deeper nuances to be revealed. I'm an eager student :)
|Guinomi cup by Japanese ceramic artist, Seigan Yamane|
Other tea-news from my table: after hearing about it for longer than I care to admit, I finally made the trek to a nearby artesian well to gather some top quality water -- the Seattle-area's little mecca of can't-be-beat "living water." It comes straight from the ground, pouring continuously from two spouts at a couple of gallons per minute, and its free for the taking. Even better, the local water district routinely performs a full gamut of water quality tests on it, making these available to the public. I'd heard it could get crowded there with lines of people but when I arrived early this morning there were just a few (me being the only non-Asian face in sight). One man was filling bucket after bucket (the 5-gallon kind), loading them onto the back of his pick-up truck. He easily had over 50 gallons! But he was sweet as could be and made way for me to fill up my couple of one-gallon jugs from the second spout.
Not only have I decided to give this artesian well water a go, but I'm pulling out the yixing more and more, intent on learning it's ways and seasoning it to it's fullest potential. So between the new water source and the new (-ish, for me) method of tea preparation, my learning curve is back to square one. Or maybe not the 'absolute' square one, but I've got a lot to learn.
As always :)