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Paul, thanks for the hint. At the moment, there is water in the spout of my pots when filled, but it does not leak out. In my understanding that is the case with most chinese pots, unless I understood your comment?paul haigh wrote: One hint, however- the fatal flaw of a teapot is when the bottom of the spout is lower than the fill line of the water. If the pot is filled, it will flow out the spout at rest. Raise the spout end up a bit, IMO.
Some people here in Taiwan, tilt the pot a little to empty that little water out, before emptying the tea into the pitcher, in order to avoid that this little infused part dilutes the whole brew.
From what my teacher taught me about the symmetry of a (chinese) teapot,
The top of the spout should align with the top of the lid-less body. If the bottom part of the tip of the spout still aligns that is also still ok, although not ideal. In terms of chinese harmony the part where the handle is attached to the body should align with the spout, but this is not a necessity and can be ignored to allow more artistic freedom.
I did a few drawings to illustrate that.
The other points he mentioned is two basic types of waterflow, see ilustration in the middle.
On the far left is something he directed my attention to that is important for the usage. If the spout is placed to high, one has to tilt the pot to much to empty all the water out, which means one has to lift and twist one’s arm and wrist, which is ending up not looking very nice (showing armpits) and not comfortable. If one does not do that, water might stay in the pot and influence the brew in a negative way.
So far my understanding – please feel free to correct me or add your points of view and experience!