These teacups are hand engraved by an accomplished potter Mai Zibin, whose crafts are characterised by silver glazing and refined details. Based in Jingdezhen, Mai has devoted his time to breaking the rules of traditional crafting and developed a great trade-off between tradition and contemporary art. Another point to appreciate his work is how seriously he treats the details of potteries like the thickness of teapot or cups, a pleasure to hold the teapots etc, which is aimed at improving the user experience. Thanks to the unique and inimitable crafting, Mai has had personal exhibitions in different cities around China so far.
Inspired by a shabby wall near the potter’s studio, the potter designed and created a series of pieces called “Time” including those cups. Those cups feature a mottled effect of black or red on the silver glaze which involves a complicated process to make, providing contemporary enhancement and visual contrast. Each cup feels uneven but comfortable in the hand. The inside is glazed with a patch of dark spots where the cracks will deepen through regular use.
The line of teacups approximately hold liquid of 40ml up to the rim individually and suit a multi-multi-drinkers tea ceremony. The rim is pinched out slightly, allowing pleasure to hold and preventing the hand from heat. There are two colors available and we recommend referring to the photos for the exact one you are interested in.