Live Like Water

South Korean Master Potter Shin Yun Kyun's Wood Kiln Fired Tea Pottery

Here are some pictures from the Korean Master potter Shin Yun Kyun whom I got to know while living in South Korea. He is well know for his work and style. He fires his pottery using a wood kiln which is very labor intensive. The actual firing takes up to 36 hours and the potters are not sure how many of their creations will survive. Generally about 40% survive. This is one of the reasons the pottery is expensive. However, to be able to have, hold, and use such pottery is an absolute pleasure. I feel it connects us to the elements that make up this universe.

Master Potter South Korea

Here is a link to more pictures on my photography site. Enjoy! Michael Cichon 

Written by Michael Cichon — January 17, 2014

Stop Stale Tea!

Seems when it comes to blogging I am a tea turtle ... very slow, long steeps ... that's ok. I am getting ready to go to South Korea for this years tea harvest so stayed tuned for fresh green tea and hot out of the kiln wood fired pottery ... I get hot thinking about it ... On this trip I get to meet Toyayo the  Korean Master potter who's pottery I have been buying over the past few years; really such lovely textures.
So be sure to let me know your preferences for this season Korean Green Teas and I will make sure you get some of this wonderful tea from Jirisan ... stay tuned and enjoy each steep. As my regular customers the last order before I leave needs to be in by Friday March 31st 2017. Shipping will resume Monday May the 8th, 2017
Cheers Michael

Written by Michael Cichon — March 21, 2017

Because Any Old Bag Won't Do!

This blog post is inspired by a photographer friend who has been steeping an Irish Breakfast tea bag. There are tea bags and there are tea bags. Not to knock them, I grew up drinking Red Rose and loved to collect the figurines they used to have based on the nursery rhymes. The truth is most commercial bags are not even floor sweepings as the saying goes. You will always get better results from a premium loose leaf tea, and for convenience you can always buy empty tea sacs and make your own bags. There are other alternatives and it all depends on you and your energy levels. Do explore metal tea balls, "coffee presses" a la Bodem, and many other options if you really want to enjoy a great cup of tea. When we were visiting China to explore the White Teas we would sample tea with the tea growers by just adding hot water into a glass with tea leaves. I do sell a high mountain Oolong tea in tea bag form. The difference is the size of the leaf chunks as well as the quality. We had bought the broken tea leaves from one of the tea farmers we buy from.  Anyways all this to say not any old bag will do but that's my opinion. Get loose with your teas!


Written by Michael Cichon — March 12, 2015

Get Fresh With Your Tea


I think it is extremely important to get fresh with your tea. Really fresh. You'll be surprised at the results. Tea was never meant to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. That is why fresh tea is so important. So many tea companies buy large quantities of tea from tea brokers, who in turn buy it from tea farmers. In the end you don't know how old your tea many birthdays it has had. Once these teas are bought by tea shops they stay in their containers or packaging until they are sold.  If you haven't developed your pallet or experienced fresh teas, then chances are you don't know the difference. But, once you've experienced fresh teas then you'll taste and know the difference. I hope to provide you with this experience. Drink from the source: Live Like Water. P.s. this is a picture of this seasons Korean Green tea (3rd pick/flush)

Written by Michael Cichon — June 03, 2012