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Handmade Antique Style Fanggu Yixing Zisha Teapot
Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China
The body of the hand-made 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.)
two choices 130ml (4.4oz) and 200ml (6.8oz)
This cute Zisha Teapot with small capacity is great for enjoying gongfu tea at leisure moments.
Fanggu is written in Chinese as 仿古 (fǎng gŭ), though was originally known by 仿鼓 instead, meaning that the teapot is modelled somewhat after the shape of a drum. This particular style began during the Qing Dynasty, and is kept alive today by craftsmen imitating the original crafting style; the change in Chinese name marks it as a modern take on an antique style.
This teapot is small, short, and plump, with a smooth inner wall and a perfect fit between the lid and body. The spout and handle are positioned symmetrically with the handle, allowing for a smooth, easy pour, and the maker’s name is carved into the bottom.
Because it is made from zhuni, this teapot is a rich red color with a slightly orange hue, and a smooth, soft surface. The style of the teapot is simple and understated, yet at the same time quaint and elegant; the material has a distinctive double-pore surface with tiny corrugations, allowing the teapot to both breathe and to hold in the fragrances and tastes of tea brewed with it.
Note: make sure to “preheat” or warm the teapot before using it to brew, by pouring warm water into and over it before the water for your tea. Zhuni does not react well to quick changes in temperature.
Sun Wen is a young female potter born in Dingshu Village, Yixing in Jiangsu Province, an area famous for its pottery. Her parents are experienced craftsmen of the discipline, and served as inspiration for her interest in the art of Yixing purple clay from her childhood. She has always studied hard in order to improve and advance her own workmanship, eventually establishing a quaint, elegant style of her own, including words and pictures carved into the teapot to enhance its meaning.
Yixing County is known as the Pottery Capital of China for its extensive 6500-year history of the craft. The area boasts abundant resources of argil, tea, bamboo, and charcoal, each of which contributes an important base material for the making of pottery. Yixing Zisha products have earned countless prizes both at home in China as well as abroad, with a few exceptional works presented as national gifts during international diplomacy.