This lovely little teapot was made in Dehua, Fujian, which has a centuries-old tradition of producing porcelain and stoneware. These teapots have excellent heat retention and pour. They are high fired, thick-walled and can be used for sampling all teas, but I particularly like them for pu erh because of the size and heat retention. At 175ml, these pots could be used for gongfu sessions for several people or just for brewing a small amount of leaf for one person in one single infusion.
These teapots would also be good candidates for rolled oolongs, including Taiwanese gaoshan oolong, as they have plenty of room inside for expansion, although I prefer pots in the 100ml-120ml for rolled Taiwanese oolongs. I personally feel these teapots are best suited to dry storage pu erh that doesn't benefit from muting as much as traditional storage teas do. I would reach for one of these stoneware pots over a bone china pot any day!
The sandy texture of these pots means they hold water on their surfaces like Yixing clay. These are a nice and economical alternative to Yixing clay without the muting, yet they produce smoother brews than porcelain.
These pots have five-hole filters inside.