Jianzhan "Dragon Egg" Set of 6 Stoneware Cups
Jianzhan wares are from Jianyang town in Fujian Province. They became popular during the Song Dynasty and were prized throughout China, Korea and Japan. By the Ming Dynasty Jianzhan wares fell out of favor, but luckily the tradition was continued in Japan for centuries and was eventually re-introduced in it's original birthplace (Jianyang, Fujian) in the 1990's. Jianzhan glazes are all basically the same, but due to different firing temperatures and positioning within the kiln the fired glazes are totally unique from each other and are typically separated into five distinct styles.
彩金 - rainbow, 兔毫 - rabbit fur, 油滴 - oil spot, 鳖甲盏 - tortoise shell, 雪鹧鸪盏 - partridge feathers
These cups were glazed and fired at 1300C.. They are dense and heavy in the hand, holds and retains heat wonderfully, and generally elevates the experience of drinking tea (from it)!
Here's a great video (in Chinese) that discusses the history and process of creating Jianzhan wares.
Volume 45ml each (+/- 5ml)
Each set comes in the pictured gift box.
PLEASE NOTE: Every cup is hand-made! There may also be some slight differences in the color, shape, and volume. It's not possible for us to re-take the pictures for each new cup that we receive from this artisan. Some differences in the color and shininess of the actual cup you receive as compared to the one in the photographs may also be due to light conditions when the photographs are taken. Thanks for your understanding!