Teapot, Clay with Pumpkin Design, 6 oz

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This hand-made pumpkin-shaped teapot is a work of art!  The teapot's reddish-brown glazed exterior is like stone exposed to the elements of nature.  The unglazed interior makes this teapot perfect for Gong Fu Cha tea preparation.  Read below for more info about this mindful, creative, and unique tea preparation.  

Includes a sample of high mountain Alishan Mountain Oolong from Taiwan.
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    • The teapot's glossy exterior has an endless variety of color-shades and shapes.  The spout is designed to hold back the leaves, so an infuser is not needed. 
    • The teapot, which is unglazed inside, is not dishwasher safe.  Hand-wash only.
    • Unlike Gong Fu Cha teapots made entirely of porous clay, this teapot's exterior is glazed.  When finished making tea, rinse the teapot with hot water and turn the tea upside down to drain and air-dry.  
    • Makes 6-oz of tea.
    • Gong Fu Cha literally means "making tea with patience and purpose" and uses 3-4 times more tea leaves steeped multiple, short time periods.  Depending on the type of tea, each steeping time can range from 20 seconds to 1 minute.  With each successive steep, the time increases.  Some teas can be steeped ten or more times.  This unusual steeping technique creates a flavor experience that evolves and changes with each steep.  
    • NOTE:  Because the teapot's interior is unglazed and porous, the clay will absorb the tea leaves flavor components.  For this reason, it is best to steep similar types of tea in this teapot.  For example, use this teapot for medium-roast, high mountain oolong teas.  NOTE:  If you steep Earl Grey in this teapot, every unflavored tea prepared afterwards will have a note of Earl Grey. 
    • Another facet of Gong Fu Cha is "being mindful" while preparing tea. When steeping tea, use slow, smooth, and creative movements. Clear your mind of daily frustrations and concentrate only on your movements. Allow yourself the freedom to be creative and spontaneous while preparing tea. 
    • When the tea is ready to drink, turn your focus to the color, aroma, and taste of each steeping.  If you've previously made this tea "western-style, ie., one long steeping," mindfully compare the flavor differences between the two steeping methods. 

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