I have read a lot of articles about kettle opening before, most of which are about the methods of pot opening. I have introduced them to you in the articles I have shared on the platform. There are also some articles that will mention the reasons why the pot needs to be opened, but there is no practical basis. For example, a view that opening the pot “can thoroughly open the pores of the pot body and lay a good foundation for future maintenance”, but it does not explain any basis for “opening the pores of the pot body”.
Before there is any scientific basis, common sense is the most reliable. Sometimes, common sense is even more important than professional knowledge. If we blindly take professional knowledge as the standard of judgment, we often have deviation, because everything, in addition to its generality, has its own individuality.
Under the premise of safety and health of raw materials (if raw materials are not safe, they should not have the qualification of opening at all), the opening is not complex, and the purpose of each step is also the reason for opening the pot.
Step 1: clean the inside and outside of the teapot carefully
The function of this step is to remove the dust and impurities inside and outside the new pot, because during the process of making, firing, polishing and transportation, many small impurities will be accumulated inside and outside the pot, such as dust, emery particles left during grinding, etc. These impurities exist inside and outside the purple pottery pot, which needs to be cleaned before opening.
The second step: put in boiling water to boil, the length of time according to the situation, you can add a little tea to be brewed together
It is not clear whether this step can “completely open the pores of the pot” as some articles say, but in terms of common sense, I think the main function of this step is to make the purple pottery pot adapt to the new environment.
One is the key to adapt to the new environment at two nodes. One is to burn the joint, which makes the purple pottery pot change from soft and brittle mud to hard stoneware, and the internal structure changes fundamentally; the second is to make tea pot, which makes the purple pottery pot play its practical function, and the environment in which it is located changes from the cold normal when it is idle to the hot normal in use Change. This requires a new purple pottery pot to have a process of adaptation, and opening the pot is playing this role. It is a process for a purple pottery pot to be familiar with the new environment by putting it in water, heating it up and adding tea.
Step 3: take out the teapot after boiling, rinse it with water, and then make tea
In this step, take out the hot water and wash it with cold water. From hot to cold, the teapot completes a cycle, and the inside and outside of the teapot are cleaned again. Only when the teapot is intact can the “physical examination” be completed and the “post” can be carried out.