A small gaiwan for the serious drinker
One 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.
Dehua Celadon Happiness Gaiwan
- Capacity: 80ml
- Material: Stoneware with celadon overglaze
- Origin: Fujian, China
- Packing: Cushioned pull-string bag in kraft carton
- Content: 1 tea bowl, 1 lid
|Dimensions||10 × 10 × 10 cm|
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I decided to order this Gaiwan to answer my curious soul.
It looks different from what I usually see in my local teaware stores and I was surprised by it’s superb ergonomics. It ticks all the boxes for what a good gaiwan should be especially for smaller ones.
I also like the 5-petal flower motif in body and lid design. It’s neat, clean and understated.
So very glad that you enjoy using this gaiwan. Quite a lot of work had gone in to screen all the samples before we finalised on our selections, and this one is a real gem of design in my eyes.