An elegant gaiwan from Taiwanese ceramicist Xu De Jia, with delicately curved lotus petal shapes making up the bowl and plate of this three-piece vessel. The form is both decorative and minimal, while the wide bowl is perfect for allowing rolled oolongs to expand. Hand-crafted in white stoneware, then glazed in luscious pale blue celadon.
Combined with this white stoneware, the creamy celadon glaze will not develop the crackling patina typical in his work.
volume 6 oz/177 ml • height 3.5" • diameter 4"
Though not how you'll see it done in China, our favorite and most secure way to hold the gaiwan is by placing two fingers of each hand underneath the plate, and using your thumbs to hold the top of the knob and secure the lid. Rotate your thumbs toward your body, straining the leaves with the lid while decanting the liquid.