This delightful series from artist Liao Guo Hua is an homage to ceramic history, and a stunning example of the artist’s mastery of glazes.
Celadon is an ancient, highly prized glaze, whose origins predate the Song Dynasty. It was created from a mix of feldspar, kaolin, and iron oxide in an attempt to mimic the color and texture of Jade, which at the time, was more highly prized by in China than gold.
Like tea, glaze too can be understood through its terroir, with each shade of celadon shedding insight on its origins. This variation is inspired by the pale-blue color of traditional Ru kiln pottery. Controlled firing gives the thick, exceptionally smooth glaze a buttery, matte finish. Subtle crazing, and scattered “beauty spots”- tiny freckles that rise from this iron-rich clay body- can be seen throughout.
These petite tulip lipped tea cups are perfectly weighted, and smoothly tactile to the touch. Flared lips have been associated with warm weather tea drinking, while inwardly curving rims, as seen in our Song Cups, have been traditionally used for cool weather months. The minimalism of the form allows Liao Guo Hua’s celadon to shine.
Usage and care: Glazed both inside and out, these cups are suitable for use with all tea types. Simply rinse between uses, or hand wash with a mild detergent.
*Please take note that each pot can be slightly different in color tone, texture, size, and shape. It is not unusual to have areas of thicker glazing, and or colorations that reflect the different interactions between the mineral content of the clay body and glaze. Each teapot is hand made and unique, and may not be identical to the photographed item.
Approximate dimensions: 57mm tall, 73mm diameter, 70ml・Artist: 廖國華
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|