The gaiwan is made by a studio called Hidden Mountain run by two young artists in Jingdezhen, one of influential pottery centers in the world. They devote themselves to reforming the teaware in breathtakingly creative ways instead of following the tradition slavishly. Their crafts are admired by the unique embossing developed on their own ,adding another dimension to the way we think of traditional Chinese art .
The gaiwan is made with black glaze, coloring the gaiwan glossy black and matte black with the mottled effect depending on where in the kiln it was positioned. It is textured with snowflakes pattern on the surface of metallic black, and the white sea waves motif embossed at the bottom of the body. Another point to draw the attention is the qinghua(blue painting) cloud painted on the lid, providing visual and textural contrast.
The gaiwan holds 140m of liquid roughly featuring thick and strong body which helps to retain the heat well and prevents it from being broken easily, which is ideal for use during travel. As the rim is higher enough than where the lid covers the body, the gaiwan definitely can prevent the hands from heat which we highly recommend to a new tea drinker starting to use gaiwan. The interior is applied with transparent celadon liner glaze, making all teas available for brewing in this gaiwan.
Note: We offer two teacups and/or a fair cup together with the gaiwan if you are keen for a set, and please refer to the photos for more details.