Designed by Mei Leaf in collaboration with the expertise of our potters in Jianshui. This Gong Dao Bei features the 'Yun' design and matches with the 'Hui' pot and 'Gan' cup but can be used to adorn any Gong Fu Session. Very Limited Stock.
The capacity of this Gong Dao Bei is about 240ml to the rim (for actually serving it is best not to fill above 200ml). This capacity makes it suitable for almost all Gong Fu size teaware.
This is a great Gong Dao Bei for experiencing the softening and rounding effects of Jianshui clay after brewing in porcelain for glass. In this way, you can add the effects of Jianshui to any session.
The 'Yun' symbol is taken from ancient Chinese character styles known as Seal or Liushutong style. I love the graphic quality of these characters to give the clayware a hybrid traditional and modern aesthetic with meaning.
The 'Yun' character roughly translates as 'even' or 'shared out evenly'. The purpose of the Gong Dao Bei is to even out a brew so that everyone tastes the same strength infusion and so this character fits perfectly with this teaware.
ABOUT JIANSHUI ZITAO
All of our Jianhsui teaware is made by the potter in the video below and is handcrafted individually. Read more about the unique Jianshui production process below. Every piece is totally individual and there are natural variations in colour and design. PLEASE NOTE: the gold characters on this teaware is not painted on. These are inlays of coloured clay. The teaware has to be engraved and then filled in with the coloured clay before firing. Then the wares have to be carefully sanded and polished to make a smooth surface with no blurring between the colours. This simple design actually takes a lot of work and skill.
Jianshui clay is lesser known than its cousins, Yixing purple clay and Chaozhou red clay but Jianshui has a long history of clay teaware making and a unique style and character which we love at Mei Leaf.
The clay used comes from five different ores from the surrounding hills around Jianshui in Yunnan. The five ores (white, yellow, purple, cyan and five colour) are blended and cured to make a clay which is strong and stable with excellent heat retention and tea softening qualities.
Once the clay has been made, it is kneaded and thrown on the potter's wheel to be formed by hand without the use of any moulding. This is completely handmade and a testament to the immense skills of the Jianshui potters.
After the clay wares have been made, they are shaped by hand using tools and then sent to the painters to illustrate the designs. BUT, what you see on the teaware is not paint, instead, it is coloured clay called a slip inlay. The engravers carve out the painted illustrations and fill with the slip inlay of various colours to create the pattern. This slip inlay process is long and laborious but the result is a smooth finish with a natural appearance and will not fade like paint.
The clay wares are fired in kilns for up to 20 hours at around 1000 degrees Celsius and are then hand sanded to this black colour. We then commissioned the teaware to be half polished to give a tactile satin feel without being over glossy. Our aim in these pots is to show off the natural beauty of this clay and the Jianshui traditional techniques with a fresh and modern design.