I always give the same advice: try, experiment. But this time I went too far. Tian Mu bowls don't fly. The shattered proof lies below. My beautiful replica of a hare's fur didn't survive it's 1,5 meters flight.
The best way to turn this loss into something positive is to look at the broken pieces. They can teach us a lot about this Zhen Yang clay. It's black and it's recent. Also, we can see how very thick the glazing is. This may not come accross very well on the pictures, so I propose, now that it's broken, to give a piece to the next people who order tea from me and who are interested in studying a fragment of such a (sic!) nice replica!
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.