Yixing Zisha Purple Clay Teapot Handcrafted - Classic Fang Gu
Capacity: 220ml / 9.2 oz
Completely hand crafted by master Wu, who is a certified artist sanctioned by the Chinese governing authority. Genuine 100% Yixing Zisha Zi Ni. It can be enjoyed alone or with up to six people.
Fang Gu, originally meaning "drum shape", is a classic style originated by the famed Qing dynasty potter master Shao Da Heng. The drum shape was inspired from the ancient war battle drum that is used to inspire and encourage the shoulders, so the shape of this type of teapots usually implies imposing manners. Fang Gu has been very popular since its creation, and this style has been imitated by later potters so the meaning has now become "imitate the ancient". Fang Gu has a large bold belly, tall neck, large flat lid, with a two-curved spout, and a "buddha ear" handle. All parts are balanced and naturally united as a whole, yet is practical to use and comfortable to take hold of. I found it is especially convenient to brew large loose leaf tea like Wuyi rock oolong, white peony and loose leaf sheng puerh.
Zisha is known to have the ability to absorb tea liquor and flavor. Over a period of time the surface of the tea pot can reflect the color and aroma of the tea that it brews and become glazed.
A new Zisha teapot should be seasoned before use: soak the Zisha teapot in a clean pot, with the water fully covering the teapot, and boil the water for a half hour to one hour. After boiling has completed, carefully remove the teapot, and rinse.