.Anta Pottery. Sheep Fat White Glaze GaiwanTaiwan Sourcing
This graceful gaiwan not only has the best design and "feel" for a gaiwan, but it also has a unique "gap" design at the bottom of its foot to avoid heat suction that might cause unwanted sucking effect to its delicate plate. Combine a peerless design with the unique and refreshing "Sheep Fat" glazing techinique and you've got a gaiwan that cannot be beat. If you want a gaiwan that can accompany you for lifetime of tea enjoyment, look no further!
Founded in 1976, Anta Pottery began their legacy as an OEM supplier in Taiwan. In the past 30 years, Anta Pottery has developed their offering into a world class brand by continuously perfecting their understanding of formula and design. Taiwan Sourcing is proud to be the first to bring their great works to tea lovers all around the world.
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The lid keeps the tea warm for longer steeping time if that is desired. And it covers the steeped leaves until next steeping. The knob on the lid insulates against the hot tea when holding it with the finger during pouring. The fit of the lid inside the bowl makes it easy to hold it in place with just one finger, and easy to adjust the size of the gap for sieving the tea leaves.
The sieving through the gap works surprisingly well - nicer than using a separate sieve - where you have to transfer back the sieved tea leaves into the steeping cup (or steep inside the sieve which I don't think gives an optimal steeping).
The saucer obviously collect spilled liquid when pouring, but an even more important function is to insulate the fingers against the hot tea bowl. The domed shape of the saucer makes it easy to hold the three parts with one hand during pouring.
The bowl has a bent rim designed for pouring. This is not quite as efficient as a real spout as in a teapot, so
some spilling into the saucer is hard to totally avoid.
There exists "easy gaiwan" designs with a spout for better pouring and therefore no saucer needed. But that necessitates some other means for insulating the fingers against the bowl. That compromises the aestheticallfy pleasing simple rotationally symmetrical shape of the traditional gaiwan.
The matte glaze has no function I think - it is purely aesthetical (to look at , and nice to the touch). I am a little worried about the durability of the matte white glaze, how well will it keep up to stains? Hopefully it will age gracefully. I found that cleaning with bicarbonate as suggested works really well.
Lastly I appreciate the simple understated but refined shape-design, and the high level of workmanship.
Together with the gaiwan, I bought the medium size white glaze tea bowl. The volumes of the two match , and together they make a beautiful set.