Weight: around 80 grams
Volume: 6 cl (9 cl when filled to the top).
Porcelain with qingbai (light celadon) glaze.
Gas fired at high temperature
Handmade, Korean style, by David Louveau de la Guigneraye.
The qing (celadon) color echoes the green color of nature. This color of spring and renewal is cherished by the Chinese. It explains why jade and celadon are so popular here. Their green color is particularly peaceful for our eyes and mind.
A good tea further transports us (virtually) in nature as we taste the flavors of the mountains it came from. This bigger cup fits a more relaxed style of brewing and drinking. It understands we don't always have time for very small cups.
Beauty starts with the tea cup (says Teaparker's book title). And I couldn't agree more. The simple design of the foot, the curves of the body and the place for the lips: function and style combine with grace. The cup creates a connection to the drinker and gives us so much (tea) pleasure!
I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.