This is a truly amazing teapot. It features a Chinese Lion on each side with a ball in its mouth, 6 movable balls in the top piece, and a hand tied red cord attaching the top to the teapot. The teapot is red clay with a dark finish. The finish is buffed in places to give it an aged look. The is a wonderful handmade piece that is sure to get “Oohs” and “Ahhs.”
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The Chinese Lion. The Chinese Lion, also called the “foo-dog”, is often carved into stone and placed in front of buildings and homes to scare off evil demons. The male foo-dog often has a ball under his paw or in his mouth. The ball is thought to bring good luck – especially if you routate the ball 3 times (for foo-dogs with a ball in their mouth). Female foo-dogs usually hold a lion cub on its back. Foo-dogs originated in China during the Shang dynasty and have traveled in popularity to Japan via Korea.
|Choosing a Teapot. Teapots come in different sizes and are made from different materials. The amount of tea you’re making and the quality of the tea dictate its size. The type of tea you’re making dictate the material the teapot is made from.
Teapot Material. Teapots are made from red clay, black clay, or porcelain. Different types of tea are made better in one of these types of teapots. Porcelain teapots are good for making light colored tea such as green tea, jasmine tea, or flavored tea. Red clay teapots are good for making light to medium colored tea such as green tea, jasmine tea, flavored tea, or oolong tea. Black clay teapots are good for making darker colored tea such as black tea (British tea), pu-erh tea, or dark oolong tea.
Teapot Size. Teapots come in a multitude of sizes from very small to large. The smallest size is used when only 1 or 2 people are drinking tea, or when the tea is very expensive. This is because by using a smaller teapot, you will only be using a little tea. A teapot should be able to make enough tea in each batch for each person who is drinking tea. Remember that Chinese teacups are very small, so a serving is usually small. As soon as the tea is served, more water can be added to make the next batch.
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