The above teapot is a product of the maker's applied art. It was made after much thoughts, modifications and hard work before we see it as it is today. We would say that the design is more inclined to practical know how and its design serves more than for its intended purpose - it pours well to tea cups or tea bowls. You can also see everything in it - the tea must pour out smoothly from the pot if it is well designed and crafted. To make it collectible, it must look good and feel good with its ownership. To achieve these effects, everything counts - be it the shape, style, type of clay, the skill and experience of the maker.
This tea pot is of pumpkin shape. Its lid comprise of lotus flowers with a frog resting on top - indicates peace and harmony; surrounded by the lotus flowers. Each flower consists of one tiny stone, which is freely moving around as you shake the lid. Thus producing such a chilling natural sound which may add colour to your environment of having tea with your loved ones.
Its clay is so much different from the normal ones - mixed with red, yellow clay and others and after firing in the kilns that produce different colors. Now, you are able to appreciate how creative is the artist's work, who is so skillful in engraving the clay till it is so adorable.
Look at its handle, it is not only bigger than the normal ones with a few rings along its handle so as to give the user a better grip, at the same time, it supports well the pot with its weight and content together with hot water - the art of balance is equally important here. Hence, you can see that it must be functionable, as it may be used frequently if not daily.
It comes with a big spout and hole - suitable for Puer tea which is of bigger tea leaves. The pot is of bigger capacity and the pu'er tea leaves will expand much more in hot water when compare with other tea leaves. Its spout at the very bottom of the pot makes it much easier to pour out the tea.
No wonder in recent years there has been an increase in admiration of these unique teapots. Consequently, its price has increased tremendously from a few dollars to thousands of dollars for a single pot. And with this increase in value, more talented artists are attracted to this trade and quality and the craftmanship are also enhanced. Hence, more scrutiny and quality control is imposed on every pot. Those rejected will then be smashed once they are out from the kiln. The makers, especially famous ones are very proud of their products and you can see their maker's mark ("Chop Mark") at the bottom of each pot of their production. This seal authenticates the work.The seal is chosen by the maker with great care - sort of self image for them. Most of the famous potters have their seal from a well known engraver and the chosen characters of the seal are cut in stone.
You may agree with us that the pot can reveal most of the maker's preference and liking. Some potters prefer a little spout, some go for a heavy handle. Some reproduce trunks and knotty branches. Others have exquisite engravings of ratan or leaves. Each artist usually produces what he or she likes best. Each pot is represented by their individual thoughts and represented the best of what he or she thinks at the time of making.
Similarly, each pot has its own beauty and characteristics depending on its beholders. Here, you may say that its beauty in green clay is good for the mind and eyes. It will mould the sentiments, foster temperament, and improve health of its beholders.
In other words, to be happy and successful you should drink tea brewed in such a great product such as the above green clay of teapot.