- Tea Knowledge
These deluxe gaiwans have been fitted with the painstakingly-crafted figure of a Buddha's hand citrus in place of the button. Freed from further convolutions, the lid can then become one smooth dome, interplaying with the sinusoid of the profile for a very contemporary feel that includes a unique iconography. The artist is a Jingdezhen-based ceramicist discovered during one of our teaware-sourcing journeys to 'the porcelain capital', and we're pleased to finally be able to feature her work. This is a slightly larger gaiwan that will serve company—and serve charmingly as company.
About the artist
We encountered Zhang Xue through her work, a pair of gaiwans that left an impression while visiting Jingdezhen, and through a mutual contact have finally been able to obtain some of the very same pieces for our shop. Zhang Xue opened her own studio in Jingdezhen in 2011, soon after having completed her studies, and has since exhibited her work in Yunnan, Hangzhou, Jingdezhen, and Shanghai. The Foshou teaware is part of a series with emblems representing the ingredients of the Qianlong Emperor's favorite tisane, which he immortalized in poetry: Buddha's hand citrus, pignoli, and plum blossom, made with boiled water from fresh snow.