The gaiwan — also called the lidded tea bowl, cha chung, cha bei, and a bunch of other names, is perhaps the most versatile of all tea ware. It can be an infusing vessel as well as a teacup. We choose those that serve both purposes well in terms of taste effects and ergonomics, price efficiency and material quality, over ornamental effects, but still aesthetically classic and elegant.
Jianzi Tall Foot 150Gaiwans, Tea Accessories, White porcelain
Professional tea tasting with style
Although this is a gaiwan developed with the requirements for standard tea tasting, at 150ml ISO capacity at below the lid cover, we have it made with all the proper ergonomic requirements, and in a great looking design. Produced in fine kaolin porcelain and gorgeously finished with a glossy overglaze. A great tool for the professional, the real connoisseur or the novice drinker.
Each unit contains one gaiwan bowl with a lid. Choice of three colours.USD 13.80
Moonlight GaiwanGaiwans, Stoneware, Tea Accessories
A demanding connoisseur's choiceWhile to many drinkers, the white porcelain gaiwan maybe the standard infusion vessel, some need an instrument to further improve the brewing experience. It should have all the advantages of a good porcelain — a thin, well formed brim for good decantation, a hollow in the lid button for keeping it cool enough for handling, a dome shaped lid for air trap, a rounded belly for minimising surface area to volume ratio… just like the Celeste Green Gaiwan has. However, one may want additionally a thicker, denser wall in the bowl for even better heat retention, a more solid weight for more confidence in handling, yet the same smooth, polished surface as porcelain for easy care. That would make the perfect gaiwan. Such as this Moonlight gaiwan. A double glazed stoneware of a a very dense clay, it weighs 46% more than a porcelain gaiwan of its size. It has a thicker wall at the belly, yet the same thin brim that you expect of a good gaiwan. Its capacity is 150ml, just like an infusion mug specified in the international tasting standard ISO 3103.USD 25.90
Rural Life GaiwanGaiwans, Stoneware, Tea Accessories
Celadon overglaze stonewareOne issue with smaller gaiwans made from porcelain is the balance of weight while infusing and handling. The lightness in a small volume also means easier heat loss. The use of stoneware alleviate both issues. The brim is made thin, even and firm for easy control when decanting, while the body wall gradually thickens towards the centre for good heat retention. The glass like celadon overglaze makes the vessel as good as porcelain, only with the advantages of a more substantial body. This "Rural Life" gaiwan is one of two hand scripted smaller size selections we have picked from Dehua. The first four lines from a Tang Dynasty poem "Rural Life" are handwritten on the perimeter of the gaiwan. The style of this calligraphic script is Cao Shu, a cursive script. Some call it running script. It seems that the brush was indeed running when the characters were being brushed on the ceramic biscuit. 茶碗上以草書體寫唐代賈島的一首詩，「郊居即事」的開頭四句：
Celeste Green GaiwanGaiwans, Tea Accessories, White porcelain
The plum blossom blooms in mid to late January against the bitterness of Winter. That is why ancient literati had a high regard of the flower, for its metaphoric representation of people with the strength and endurance of holding on Righteousness, even when facing violent repression by the powerful.
Symbolism aside, the gaiwan's round belly form provides a minimal surface area to volume ratio to maximise heat retention, while fanning out at the brim to quicken cooling for easy handling and smooth decantation. This is a classic shape. The lid has a well form dome for trapping air. A lid button has a well formed hollow to keep itself cool enough for resting your finger on it when handling.Rated 5.00 out of 5USD 17.10
Happiness GaiwanGaiwans, Stoneware, Tea Accessories
A small gaiwan for the serious drinkerOne issue with smaller gaiwans made from porcelain is the balance of weight while infusing and handling. The lightness in a small volume also means easier heat loss. The use of stoneware alleviate both issues. The brim is made thin, even and firm for easy control when decanting, while the body wall gradually thickens towards the centre for good heat retention. The glass like celadon overglaze makes the vessel as good as porcelain, only with the advantages of a more substantial body. The "Happiness" gaiwan is one of two hand scripted smaller size selections we have picked from Dehua. The two characters for the term "xi le" — happiness — are handwritten separately on the inside and the outside of the gaiwan body. The name of this style of calligraphic script is "Xing Shu" or "Hsing Shu" dependent on which translation system. Or it can be called a semi-cursive script. In dynastic era, it was a non-formal script style used for daily communication but not for formal documents.Rated 5.00 out of 5USD 37.00