Gai Wan
Metal Glaze


Combining the ancient charm of copper and the resilience of iron, this Gaiwan from our Metal Glaze collection can be used for brewing as well as drinking tea. Handcrafted in Jingdezhen: the porcelain capital of China, a gradual firing process results in the unique and rustic metallic stripe finish that is smooth to the touch. Perfect for brewing aged and dark teas, such as Oolong, Shou Pu Erh and black teas.
Product Gaiwan teapot
Origin Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
Dimensions Ø8.8 x 6.7 cm
Volume 190ml
Weight 152g
Material Porcelain
Finish Iron and copper glaze
Firing temperature 720°C


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The birthplace of porcelain, Jingdezhen has been producing the finest Chinese ceramics for over a thousand years and was home to some of China’s most important imperial kilns. Surrounded by breathtaking nature in the northeastern corner of Jiangxi province, the remoteness of the small city has helped preserve age-old traditions that are still in practice to this day. When Europeans first encountered Chinese porcelain back in the 14th century, they concluded that this ethereal yet solid “white gold” could only have been made by magic. The secret? Kaolin: the soft white clay essential to manufacturing porcelain, named after the Gaoling mountain in Jingdezhen where this resource was available in abundance.

Gaiwan 蓋碗

The Gaiwan (literally “lidded bowl”) is a classic piece of Chinese teaware used to infuse tea leaves, particularly large leaf Oolong, Green and White teas. Made from a variety of materials including porcelain, glass or Yixing clay, the Gaiwan consists of a small bowl and lid, with or without a matching saucer, and can be used as both a brewing and drinking vessel. Developments in tea ritual and preparation during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) gave rise to the Gaiwan and it is still widely used across China today in domestic as well as formal settings, such as in Gongfu tea ceremonies and tastings. Gaiwan make for exceptionally fragrant infusions owing to their curved shape and open design that amplifies the aroma. Those made of fine porcelain help absorb the heat in a way that doesn’t shock or damage the tea leaves, resulting in a mellower brew.


Hand wash with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge, using a mild detergent as necessary. Do not put in microwave.

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