We are temporarily out of gaiwans. If you order this product it will ship on January 25th.
This beautiful set is for people looking for an introduction to brewing tea, or looking to introduce a distinctive new couplet into their pottery collection. The of cup and gaiwan is of matching lizella clay, the cups with glaze, and the gaiwan without—both made by friend of Via Tiempo, Mark Mohler in the early winter of 2021.
A gaiwan is a traditional brewing vessel that is versatile, portable, and easy to use. You steep your tea in the cup, and slide the lid to pour your tea while holding the leaves back. The gaiwans for this set feature raw Georgia lizella clay in a rustic buncheong style. With the set, you'll receive a write-up about the Gaiwan, as well as instructions for use.
The "igneous cups" are reminiscent of cool glacial lakes and warm volcanic baths. They are also made of lizella clay, and are partially draped in shino glaze. It is a sensual drink with the unusual lip, rough sides, and spidering glaze—and their larger size makes them great for solo drinking with a larger brewing-vessel, grandpa style, or diving in for a refreshing swim.
The gaiwan and igneous cup match in size, such that the cup easily holds a full pour from the gaiwan—perhaps the most important feature of a starting tea set. I've only photographed 2 cups and Gaiwans. Each is handmade, unique, and full of personality.
If you have just started a Via Tiempo Tea Subscription in the 2 months or would like this to accompany a Gift Subscription you have ordered for a friend, please enjoy $10 off this set. If this applies to you, use the discount code: starter10