This square tea tray by ceramicist Wang Wen De is based on a traditional Chinese musical notation system called gongche notation. Whereas his earlier works used patterns of circular holes to represent individual notes, this latest line takes a more literal approach: the actual notations in the form of Chinese characters are meticulously carved directly into the tray.
This tray is formed by joining two layers of thin stoneware, leaving a thin hollow area for capturing water overflow. The characters themselves are carefully carved and “punched through” the top layer of the tray. All surfaces are then covered with base shino glaze, before a layer of gold luster is added.
We have been using a similar tray in our own tasting table since 2015, employing a “dry brew” or gan pao method of tea making, where very little excess water is used.
*Please take note that each tray can be slightly different in color tone and texture. 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 tray is different, and may not be identical to the photographed item.
Approximate dimensions: 220mm width, 220mm depth, 14mm thickness・Artist: 王文德
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|