Happy Pig Tea Pet (Yixing ZiSha Clay)
If you’ve participated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before, you might’ve noticed a small ceramic animal sitting on the tea tray, slowly slurping tea together with the tea master.
In Chinese culture, the cute and chubby face of a pig is a symbol of abundance and good fortune. Drinking tea next to the Happy Pig Tea Pet we hope that your new pig companion rubs off on you and greets you with an abundance of delicious tea and a feeling of peace.
What is a tea pet?
A tea pet is a small clay figurine that is used during gong fu cha for a variety of purposes; most often as decoration, but also used by tea lovers for good luck, or to get the tea water temperature perfect.
How to use a tea pet:
Certain tea masters believe a tea pet initially has no soul. Pouring tea over it, which has a soul, in turn, gives the tea pet a soul.
During the gong fu, constantly hydrate the tea pet by pouring leftover tea over it. It be the hot water used for warming up the teaware, water used to rinse the tea leaves or any leftover steeped tea after we have filled up all the teacups.
We recommend using only one type of tea with the yixing clay tea pet. Yixing clay is very porous and easily absorbs the aroma and oils of the tea. With time, notice how your tea gongfu tea pet becomes shiny from the tea oils.
Material: Yixing ZiSha Clay
Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 3.5cm / 2 x 1.5 x 1.4in
NOTE: Avoid using detergents when cleaning.
We Also Recommend
"Tree of Life" Tea Tray (ChaBan)
Tea tray, Chaban, is an integral part of GongFu Tea Ceremony. It is built to collect water and tea that gets spilled during washing, steeping and pouring. This state of the art tea table is hand carved from pine wood.
"Winter Glaze" Handmade Gong Fu Teacups
Made by Janusz Jaworski from Togei Kyoshitsu, both the inside and outside of the teacup are glazed with a milky-white glaze reminiscent of the snow. Enjoying a tea ceremony with these truly one of a kind 45 ml teacups will leave you with a sense of tranquility and deep appreciation for the wondrous world around us.
"Yellow Goddess" Huang Guan Yin Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea
• Taste: roasted, sweet, mineral
• Aroma: orchid, floral
• Mouthfeel: rounded & thick
A good representative of Wuyi Mountain Rock Tea
"Yellow Mountain" Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea (ALMOST SOLD OUT)
• Taste: vegetal with hints of chestnut • Aroma: sunned vegetal & fruity • Mouthfeel: brisk