Ten Ren designs and manufactures this line of teapots to commemorate each year of the Chinese Zodiac. Instead of a cycle of 12 months, the Chinese Zodiac is based on a cycle of 12 years with each year represented by a unique animal. Ten Ren began releasing these teapots in 1996, the year of Rat or Mouse and since then, 9 of the 12 animals have been made available in limited quantities.
Each teapot is only produced and manufactured during its year on the Chinese Zodiac and available exclusively from Ten Ren. Each teapot comes in two editions, a golden edition made from yellow clay and a silver edition made from silver clay. Certain teapots from previous years may still be available while supplies last.