About Gongfu Teapot – Red Clay:
This small red clay teapot is made with Yixing clay and has a smooth finish. Great for gongfu-style brewing.
Located on the western side of Lake Tai in Jiangsu province in China, Yixing (pronounced ‘ee shing’) is renowned as the source for the world-famous teapots made from clay. There are several types of Yixing clays (dark brown, purple, green, and yellow) with unique properties. The final result and appearance of the clay is dependent on age, fermentation, mix, and firing temperature. The same clay fired at different temperatures will have different resulting finishes. High-quality Yixing teapots are handmade by experienced artisans.
The distinctive earthenware pots made from this clay have been used for over a millennia. Though originally used for wine and water, resourceful tea-drinking monks discovered Yixing pots to be ideal vessels for tea brewing. Not only does the semi-porous nature of the clay help to retain heat, but it also absorbs the oils from the leaves, subtly seasoning each teapot with the tea’s flavor and fragrance.
Since regular use seasons this teapot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.).
The Gongfu style of brewing is native to Fujian province, China and Taiwan. The style encompasses several tea utensils, including a small teapot (usually around 3 to 6 ounces, though some may be larger), and is typically used to brew Oolong or Puer teas. The essence of the Gongfu style is to enjoy tea in a ceremonial setting that highlights the tea preparer’s hospitality. The tea is prepared in small brewing rounds and is poured into a small pitcher, then into individual cups. The process is very engaging and exudes ‘Cha Tao’ – a term used to describe tea spirit.
For more on Gongfu brewing, see the video below.
Capacity: Approximately 6 ounces
3″ tall, 5″ from spout to handle