This versatile steeping vessel, which looks and functions much like a Japanese houhin, is a contemporary variation on a gaiwan. Unlike a traditional gaiwan, which is a small bowl-shaped steeping vessel that has a lid and sits on a saucer, this gaiwan has a pour spout and a seven-hole-punched junction with its spout. This style of gaiwan is often referred to as an ‘easy gaiwan’ since it is considered to be less difficult to hold and decant from than a traditional gaiwan. Due to the addition of the spout and filter, this style does require a slower pour than a traditionally-shaped gaiwan.
The un-glazed, but burnished, clay body of this vessel has a lovely sheen and warm brown color. Small black flecks are present all over the outside and inside of the gaiwan, creating a visually appealing effect. The lid sits low in the vessel and fits securely, with no wiggle or wobble. There is a slight indentation in the knob of the lid, making it easy and comfortable to hold it down while pouring. Additionally, the rim of the gaiwan is bowed outward to assist with the grip. When you hold the vessel from under this ridge, your confidence using it will increase quickly.
Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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