We commissioned craftsman in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, to hand-craft these gaiwans for us.
Our requirements were simple but specific: we wanted the gaiwans made from thin high fired porcelain - so thin, in fact, that they would appear translucent if held up against light. Their shapes needed to be graceful and wonderful to behold as well as to use.
Our Jingdezhen Summer gaiwan is one of two styles we commissioned. The Summer gaiwan has a short, wide profile, allowing for lower temperature brews of delicate green teas or general tea brewing when the weather is warm. The foot of the brewing vessel nestles perfectly into the dish beneath, while the curve of the lid perfectly echoes the curve of the bowl.
volume 5 oz/150 ml • height 3.25" • diameter 3.75"
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.