100% Hand-made, so the body of the teapot may have handmade traces (Note: teapots of 100% hand-made can’t be exactly the same as shown on the picture. So it is normal that in a few cases the teapot may be very slightly different from that on the picture, however, the quality is always the same.)
Fanggu, written in Chinese as 仿古 (fǎng gǔ), is originally know as another phrase: 仿鼓 (fǎng gǔ). 仿鼓 means the teapot is modeled after the appearance of drum. This style started since Qing Dynasty. Till now people still make this teapot by imitating its old crafting style. So it is renamed as 仿古, meaning making the teapot in an antique style.
At present, TeaVivre have three Fanggu Zisha Teapots: Classic Fanggu Teapot, Handmade Fanggu Teapot and this Qing Xin Fanggu Teapot. Compared with other two Fanggu Teapots, the prominent characteristics of this Qing Xin teapot is the artificial carving calligraphy and painting on the body, with the author’s name, production year and Chinese words “Qīng xīn kě pǐn chá 清心可品茶” on the front. The five Chinese words mean that you can find your inner peace by drinking teas. On the other side of the body it is carved with bamboo branches and leaves, the author wants to seek a quiet world, so this teapot is named “Qing Xin”.
Qing Xin Fanggu Teapot, with big capacity of 260ml, is more suitable for use in tea party. The tea liquid brew by this teapot can be shared with 5 to 6 people.
Yixing County, the Pottery Capital of China, has a very long history of pottery making for around 6500 years. Yixing boasts abundant resources of argil, tea, bamboo and charcoal, all of which build the important material resource basis for making pottery. Yixing Zisha products have been awarded many prizes both in home and abroad, some excellent works have been presented as national gifts in international communications.
The Maker - Huang Wei
Huang Wei, a post-70s young Zisha artist, painter of handicraft, was born in Dingshu town, Yixing city, Jiangsu province and his father is also a Zisha artist. He knew the Zisha art from his father since his childhood, and has accomplished a great deal in the field of Zisha teapot's handcrafted formation.
Qing Shui Ni
The ore of purple clay, a kind of hematite with much mica, a common mug in the early time. Because it contains relatively smaller ratio impurities than other material, and the big fire won't change its shape and glaze, it is widely used. And as it is mellow ruddy, it is also called red purple clay or Hong Qing Shui. The clay looks quaint, and after long time use the same teapot to brew the same teas, the taste of tea will be better. And there are many traditional models; both the makers and teapot lovers like to use this kind of clay.