Teapot style: "Lucky Gourd" or "Fu Lu" style 福禄壶
Clay type: Aged Zi Ni 原矿老紫泥
Artist: Zhou Shu Yuan
Craft: Fully handmade
Strainer type: 9-hole strainer
Length (body only): 9cm
Height without the lid: 5cm
This beautiful teapot is made in gourd shape with baby gourd and gourd plant's leaves crafted on one side of the pot.
In China , gourds are not just vegetable shells to carry water, they have a symbolic meaning for which they are worshipped. Gourds are connected with time consciousness in Chinese culture, covering aspects such as universality, regeneration, and emptiness. Gourds are also related to fertility rites, harmonious connubiality and parenthood. The sound of the term gourd, in Chinese Fu Lu 福禄，also means fortune and wealth, with the gourd seeds symbolising productivity and fertility.
This teapot is made with aged Purple Clay (Zi Ni), it would be particularly good for brewing any Dark Tea such as Puer Teas.
All our Yixing teapots are fully handmade, we only have one of a kind in stock.
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Preparation Before Use
Yixing Teapots should be prepared before using the first time. This is called "opening the pot". It removes the dust/sand from firing the teapot.
We would recommend rinsing the teapot under warm water two or three times, then wipe gently inside and outside of the pot with a new non-scratch sponge scourer to remove sediment trapped in the unglazed clay.
Then, filling the teapot with boiling water, wait for 10 minutes, empty the pot and let it cool down naturally; repeat for two or three times, your new Yixing teapot is ready to use.
Daily cleaning and seasoning
Empty the leaves after each use, rinse with boiling water, drain, wipe water away with clean soft cloth, and then lid off, place the body upside, let it air dry for one or two days.
Do not ever use any detergent or soap than water to clean the pot.
Do not let the potcome into contact with other strong smell such as cooking fume, cigarette smoke, perfume.