Here is the big, 80 cl zisha teapot I found for Michel's tea party. The teapot looks a little like a tree. With big teapots, you often see more special designs, because simple designs loose their elegance, cuteness when they are 'super sized'.
So, I chose this (affordable) copy made by a simple potter with good zisha clay, not an original from a real artist. The main difference is in the finish, the little details of the decoration. This one is not bad at all, but still not as precise as a master's piece. In terms of actual tea making, however, these details add very little to the tea quality.
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.