The wide top spreads out calmly; the profile wavers, like the mirage of a cloud on the horizon. This gaiwan dispenses with the classic, recognisable form to rise above it, with a wide lip for the fingers in lieu of a saucer, and a prominent button to steady the vessel while pouring.
This elegant and innovative design is the work of Lin Ying Ping, whose work we sourced directly in Jingdezhen, and uses the finest porcelain, with wafer-thin edges and a beautiful blue-celadon colour. It pairs perfectly with the Cloud Cup, of the same style.
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 odours. So you can brew different kinds 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.
- ARTIST: Lin Yin Ping
- MATERIAL: Jingdezhen porcelain
- CAPACITY: 170 ml (under the lid)
- HEIGHT: 5.6 cm
- DIAMETER: 10.2 cm