Last week, I received this little dirty plate and almost wanted to cry, so happy I was:
You probably think I am totally crazy now. Few people get so excited about their non-alcoholic beverages. Probably even fewer will want to collect such an old, dirty plate. So let me make a plea for sanity. Consider the following pictures after a first cleaning:
Now, when I brew old or very fine tea in a teapot, I use what in reality is a Yuan dynasty (1277-1367) plate under the teapot. Its beauty, its age, the tea (and some ancient Chinese music) are turning my tea tastings into a little paradise on earth. Not so crazy, after all!