Planetary Gaiwan


A tall handmade and hand-glazed gaiwan produced by master artisans in Jingdezhen. The gaiwan has an original shape, taller than traditional gaiwans; an elegant touch with no compromise on ergonomics. It makes for an artistic center-piece of your next Chinese tea ceremony.

The gaiwan is available in the following three glazes:

  • Moon Gaiwan in matte cream: The cream colour gives a raw, matte and rustic feel to the gaiwan. The added splashes of white give it more texture.
  • Mars Gaiwan in glossy red: This shiny and speckled dark red gaiwan with a golden rim will bring some glamour to your tea table.
  • Jupiter Gaiwan in anthracite gold: This gaiwan combines minimalism with class, with a raw and matte anthracite exterior and a warmer golden interior.

Jingdezhen is the Chinese porcelain capital. Nannuoshan travels regularly to Jingdezhen to source teaware and meet the city's craftsmen. Read more about our trips to Jingdezhen here.


Why do I need a gaiwan?

The gaiwan is the most common tea vessel in China. It comprises three pieces: a thin-walled, handle-less cup, a saucer and a lid. The cup is given a flared lip to hold it without burning one’s fingers.

According to custom, you should brew only the precise quantity of tea that you need to serve you and your guests. Several infusions follow; only freshly brewed tea is dispensed in the cups. This procedure guarantees best results.

Unlike Yixing teapots, the gaiwan does not retain odors. So you can brew different kind of tea in the same gaiwan.

Usage: steep the leaves in the gaiwan and pour the brewed tea into a second pot for serving. Use a strainer if necessary. Repeat several times refilling the gaiwan.

  • MATERIAL:  Ceramics
  • CAPACITY:  150 ml (under the lid)
  • DIAMETER:  8.5 cm
  • HEIGHT:  7.0 cm (cup only)



Due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus shipment to the USA is currently possible only for some types of parcel.

Should your order be affected, we will dispatch the parcel as soon as the restrictions are removed.