Water Drop Patterned Metallic Glaze Ceramic Cup

130 mL

A stunning tea cup that gleams in metallic spots and streaks of muted silvery bronze and blue against an inky black background in a water drop pattern.

$18.50

12 in stock


This stunning cup gleams in metallic spots and streaks of muted silvery bronze and blue against an inky black background. This shui di “water drop” effect is achieved by changing the kiln temperature during firing so that the metallic glaze drips from the bronze lip down the inside and outside of the deep, rounded bowl. This creates the layered glaze effect of lighter spots and streaks against the dark background, which vanish toward the cup’s center and thicken and fade into the solid metallic color on the lip. A slightly thicker band around the lip of the cup prevents drips while you drink. A detailed work of art all by itself, this small tea bowl makes an excellent special personal cup.

Along with the more streaked “rabbit’s fur” pattern, this water drop pattern is one of the most popular glazing patterns in Chinese ceramics since the Song Dynasty, and is also popular in Japan. This jian zhan style of darker-colored cup was originally popular to highlight the pale green foam of matcha style tea.

Pictured with our Large Rosewood Saucer with Tin Lotus.

Note: As each cup develops a unique pattern of drops and streaks of glaze in the kiln during firing, patterns will vary.