Citrine Lid Glass Gaiwan
A clear glass gaiwan brewing vessel with a citrine lid handle shaped like a faceted gem. Combines the beauty of glassware with the versatility of a gaiwan.
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This elegant glass gaiwan affords you a clear view of your tea while it infuses, as well as the versatility of gaiwan brewing. A clear citrine-colored glass handle in the shape of a faceted gemstone tops the gaiwan’s lid. The wavy edge of the hollow-center saucer provides visual texture, framing the matching golden-orange foot of the bowl. Capacity 160 mL. Pictured brewing our Tie Guan Yin Tea Flowers.
Using glass teaware allows you to enjoy the visual beauty of your tea as the leaves infuse. The clarity of the glass also makes it very easy to see the intensity of the color of the brew, which helps you control the infusion time to achieve the desired flavor. Glassware cools down boiling water more quickly than porcelain and yixing ware, making it a great choice for beautiful high end green, yellow, white, and scented teas. We suggest you reuse your leaves multiple times, leaving just enough tea in your pot to cover the leaves before making your next infusion.
History of Chinese Glass
Humans all over the world having been using glass for centuries for various purposes, and China is no exception. Glass art has been found in tombs dating back to the Zhou Dynasty. The old pronunciation for glass was “Liu Li,” but after the Song Dynasty it was renamed to “Bo Li”. Liu Li was not clear, just very shiny since the temperature was not hot enough to achieve transparency. It was mostly used to make tiles for roofs, especially in palaces. If you visit Peking Palace, the ceiling is made with opaque, colorful glass tiles called “Liu Li Wa”.
These days, mainly clear glass is used for making teapots. Different types of glass will always look similar, but they are separated by their quality, clearness, thickness, heaviness, and the temperatures they can withstand without cracking. At Seven Cups, we only collect good quality glass that can withstand boiling water so you can brew your tea.