Pink Lotus Ceramic Gaiwan

120 ml

$35.00

3 in stock


This is one of our small sized gaiwan that holds 120 ml of tea. This is a good size for single service, or you can pour the tea from the gaiwan into a pitcher and share it with your friends. This gaiwan represents Jing De Zhen porcelain. If you hold it under the light, you can see through the walls since it is so thin. During the Han Dynasty (25-200 AD) Jing De Zhen, located in northeast Jiangxi Province next to yellow mountain, began producing porcelain. In this time, the porcelain was very thick and not good quality. During the Song Dynasty, the quality became much better because the emperor chose Jing De Zhen porcelain as a tribute material. Jing De Zhen porcelain is famous for delicate hand painting. All the masters are very skilled and need to be well trained. They use special clay to produce pieces that are white as jade, playing with natural glaze to create a shiny mirror effect with paper thin walls. They produce all types of porcelain products, and is not specific to only teaware.

The very skilled Jing De Zhen master who made this gaiwan hand painted the pink lotus flower floating on the pond around the body, saucer and lid. Dark green branches and branches are painted on the light green colored gaiwan that is soft and delicate feeling. The master used a special technique to drip brown glaze on the edges of the body and lid, giving the gaiwan more texture. This gaiwan is great for drinking high end, delicate tea. This style of hand painting is different from our other Jing De Zhen lotus porcelain gaiwan. This painting is a more relaxed style of painting, the picture is softer and not an exact depiction of the lotus flower.

The name “China” to describe porcelain, was coined hundreds of years ago when China was selling porcelain to the western world. People would ask where the porcelain came from and the Chinese would say “Chang Nan”. To foreign buyers who were not fluent in Chinese, they created the word “China” which was close in pronunciation. According to legend, the gaiwan was invented in Sichuan during the Tang Dynasty between 780-783. The daughter of Xi Shuan Jie Du Shu, a general, invented the first gaiwan because in the Tang Dynasty, most tea was served in bowls. She would always burn her fingers when she tried to hold the bowl, so she decided to use a wooden circle sealed with wax to hold the tea bowl in place. Later, they used paint to stick the cup to the wood. Eventually, they would indent pieces of wood so the gaiwan would stay stable, eventually adding a lid to keep it warm and the aroma close to the tea. Gaiwans are also named “san cai bei” which means three piece treasure cup. Even now, Sichuan mainly uses gaiwans for tea service. They can range from being small and delicate to a large size like rice bowls. Sichuan is where tea culture was birthed, and these cups and other traditions eventually spilled in to other tea regions.

Gaiwans are very useful. You can use them to drink tea by yourself, or your can pour the tea from the gaiwan into a pitcher and serve the tea to friends. In Sichuan, they have five steps for using a gaiwan. Use hot water to wash the tea bowl, tea leaves and bottom part to warm up and clean the gaiwan. Add about 3-5 grams of tea. Pour hot water from one point on the side of the gaiwan, instead of straight in. This will help stir the tea leaves. Infuse about 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. If you are right handed, hold the bottom with your left hand and open the lid with your right hand to smell the aroma. Use the lid to sweep back the tea leaves a few times to bring the stronger flavor from the bottom to mix with the lighter flavored tea on top. Sip from the open space. Using a gaiwan is a very calm and soothing way to drink tea, gently moving the tea leaves inside the gaiwan.

Pink Lotus Ceramic Gaiwan brewing guidelines

Learn to brew tea in your gaiwan.