There is always much talk on tea blogs about the problem of how to brew tea in the office quickly and efficiently without surrendering flavour. This is probably a legitimate concern for us teaist who strive for perfection in the cup. Out of all the excellent posts one has came across, none seem to suggest, the ceramic one-cup tea maker.
It only makes sense that this functional teawear was first created in Korea. In a country that is always on the go and has one of the longest work weeks in the world, this simple one cup design seems perfect for both the traditional herbal teas as well as loose leaf greens that Korean tea drinkers consume.
In the pak ji style the white glaze is carefully etched away but no deep impressions are left on the surface, so the surface remains smooth. In the pu gak style the images are not etched on the surface, but the clay is deeply striped away so it leaves a relief image on the surface.