The creation of side-handle teapots took place during Song Dynasty in China, and its design continues to be a popular choice for potters in Japan.
Master Lin's Side-Handle teapot for gongfu cha is hand-thrown and made individually with functionality and design in mind. Each holds its own unique characteristics.
Made with highly sought after Da Hong Pao clay ('Crimson Robe' clay) from the Yixing of Jiangsu province, the high-density clay is high in iron oxide, and with a high degree of crystallization. With time and care, the teapot will take on a bright red hue, and infuse teas with a smoother mouthful.
Season with your choice of tea. As always, never wash it with soap or anything other than water. I recommend rinsing with boiling tea water and wait for it to cool down before your first use.