This handy steeping vessel, which looks and functions much like a Japanese houhin, is a modern form of 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 tapered spout in its lip. This style of gaiwan is often referred to as an ‘easy gaiwan’ since it is considered less difficult to hold and decant from. Due to the addition of the spout, this style does require a slower pour than a traditionally-shaped gaiwan. Unlike our other ‘easy’ style offerings, our White Gaiwan with Spout has no filter, making it the fastest pourer we have in this style. Since it has a slightly larger gap between the lid and the spout, it is best suited for larger leaf teas. If steeping with smaller leaf teas, we recommend using a pour through strainer to help filter out the finer particles from the tea liquor.
The white glaze complements the brick red color of the clay and highlights the multiple ridges on the gaiwan’s lid and body. The upper rim is bowed outward slightly, allowing you to easily grip the vessel when pouring and assuring a secure fit with the lid. A very pretty and practical steeping vessel.
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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