This exquisite antiqued underglaze blue porcelain Gaiwan and cup set is a handcrafted marvel by Mr. Cheng Yanshuan, a renowned artist and specialist in Chaozhou Gongfu tea wares. The Gaiwan holds a capacity of 110ml, while the accompanying cup has a 58ml capacity, making it ideal for the Gongfu tea ceremony, where tea is enjoyed in small, flavorful infusions.
The high temperature underglaze blue porcelain is not only durable but also elegantly presents the hand-drawn bamboo artwork that adorns each piece. The soft blue hues and artistic renderings create a serene backdrop for the ritual of tea, invoking the tranquility and artistry of ancient Chinese culture.
The "Gai Wan" or "
San Gai Wan" consists of three parts – the lid, body, and saucer. The design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, facilitating the Gongfu tea steeping process that draws out the full range of flavors from the tea leaves.
Master Cheng Yanshuan's expertise is evident in the craftsmanship of each piece. The Gaiwan is designed to fit comfortably in the hand, while the lid fits snugly to retain heat and aroma during the steeping process. The saucer serves as a base, ensuring stability and ease of handling.
To use this Gaiwan:
Place 4-8 grams of tea into the body.
Pour water heated to the appropriate temperature over the leaves – around 85-92 degrees Celsius for green or black tea.
Quickly cover with the lid and then pour out the water, rinsing the leaves to prepare them for the first infusion.
Continue the process, enjoying the tea soup, and adjust the steeping time as you go to customize the brew to your preference.
The hand-drawn artwork
and the traditional crafting methods make this Gaiwan and cup set not only a vessel for brewing tea but also a piece of art, reflecting a deep appreciation for the cultural heritage of Gongfu tea. This set is perfect for those who value the meditative experience of tea making and for those who seek to immerse themselves in the authenticity of Chinese tea culture. Whether as a gift for a tea lover or as an addition to one's own tea ware collection, this antiqued underglaze blue porcelain set is sure to be treasured.