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Jianzhan "Rainbow on Red" Hand-Made Stoneware Gaiwan

$40.00 USD

Brand: Yunnan Sourcing Tea Shop

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Our Jianzhan wares crafted by lifetime Jianzhan pottery veteran Wu Hong Hua. 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 eachother 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

This particular gaiwan is glazed and fired (at 1300C) in the Red Cai Jin 红彩金 Style.  At certain angles and in the right like you can see a rainbow like collection of colors in the glaze (see pictures).  It's dense and heavy in the hand, holds and retains heat wonderfully, and generally elevates the tea brewing experience!

Here's a great video (in Chinese) that discusses the history and process of creating Jianzhan wares.

Due to the very high heat of firing, the knob on the lid of the gaiwan might not be entirely symmetrical!

Matching Cup available for purchase here!

Volume 180ml (+/- 10ml)

Each Gaiwan comes in it's own gift box**

**Gift Box may differ somewhat from that in the picture