Rural Life Gaiwan
Celadon overglaze stoneware
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. 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.
Dehua Celadon Rural Life Gaiwan
- Capacity: 90ml
- Material: Stoneware with celadon overglaze
- Origin: Fujian, China
- Packing: Cushioned pull-string bag in kraft carton
- Content: 1 tea bowl, 1 lid
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