A gaiwan is an essential vessel for brewing Gongfu tea. Gaiwan, meaning “lidded bowl”, consists of a lid, a cup, and a saucer. Each of the individual components has a unique function. In Chinese tea culture, the lid is a metaphor for Heaven, the cup represents a person, and the saucer is the Earth, all existing as one in perfect harmony. The gaiwan was invented during the Ming Dynasty and became popular during the Qing Dynasty.
A Gaiwan can be used either as a teapot to brew tea, or as a personal tea drinking vessel. The saucer serves as a base of the vessel, and also enables you to hold a cup of hot tea. The cup is for brewing and can also be used as a tea cup. The lid serves as a cover when brewing the tea, and can also be used to move the tea leaves around inside the cup to release more flavor and to strain the leaves while drinking.
Our exclusive selection of gaiwans are uniquely curated to make your gongu tea experience authentic and enjoyable. Collections include high quality porcelain gaiwans from Jingdezhen, artisanal, classic or modern, all easy and comfortable to handle.
Artisan Porcelain Gaiwan Blue Glaze Hand Crafted
Bats of Fortune Blue and White Porcelain Gaiwan Five Happiness 150ml
Blue and White Porcelain Artisan Gaiwan Buddhist Scriptures Jingdezhen
Blue and White Porcelain Gaiwan Dragon Handpainted 200ml
Blue and White Porcelain Gaiwan Harmony 150ml
Blue and White Porcelain Gaiwan Longevity Characters 175ml
Borosilicate Glass Gongfu Gaiwan, Hand-blown 150ml
Celadon Gaiwan Orchid Floral 150ml / 5.9oz
Cream White Porcelain Gaiwan 125ml / 4.2oz
Jingdezhen Blue and White Porcelain Gaiwan Ice Crackle Glaze
Jingdezhen Treasure Blue and White Porcelain Gaiwan Plum Blossom
Song Painting Landscaping Gaiwan Set China Old Palace Museum Release
Treasure White and Blue Porcelain Gaiwan Lotus 175ml
Treasure White Porcelain Gaiwan Masterpiece Landscape 200ml
Treasure Yingqing White Porcelain Gaiwan Artisanal Buddha's Belly 225ml
Treasure Yingqing White Porcelain Gaiwan Artisanal Relief 150ml
Treasure Yingqing White Porcelain Gaiwan Artisanal Tall Body 200ml
Treasure Yingqing White Porcelain Gaiwan Masterpiece Bird and Moon 200ml