Blue Hare's Fur Gaiwan (3 oz)

Blue Hare's Fur Gaiwan (3 oz)


With a rich, cobalt blue glaze in the traditional Chinese hare's fur pattern, this gaiwan is one of the most beautiful and effective tea steeping vessels. The style of delicately streaked glazing over stoneware—or Jian ware—was created in Fujian during the Song Dynasty. Prized for its deep, vibrant colors and heat-retention properties, this teaware remains ideal for everyday tea drinking or for more formal gongfu cha service.

The gaiwan’s body, or wan, evolved from the simple bowl originally used to hold powdered tea. The wide shape allows the leaves to expand and release their full potential of aromas and flavors while the fluted edge stays cool, enabling one to grasp and pour. The lid, or gai ("to cover"), is essential as a strainer; tilted open, it allows the infusion to be decanted while holding back the tea leaves.

Gaiwans come in many shapes and sizes; often they’re made of nonporous glazed porcelain or ceramic to effectively steep any type of tea without taking on any aroma. Experiment with multiple infusions, and enjoy how the leaves’ appearance and fragrance evolves through each.

Measures 2.5" H, 3.5" W

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