Brewing in a tea bowl is both elegant and simple because it only involves three things: the tea bowl, tea leaves and water.
Tea bowls are the earliest vessel for brewing tea, predating both the teapot and the gaiwan by several centuries.
Each teabowl in our collection is hand crafted by individual artists in Taiwan. They are interpretations of traditional Tianmu bowls popularized during the Song Dynasty, combining the aesthetic of traditional Chinese ceramics with the influence of a more modern Taiwanese style. Each bowl is individual and unique, and is the perfect vessel for brewing our finer teas.
We hope to introduce the tea bowl as a way of brewing loose leaf Chinese teas - our homage to an age-old ceramic tradition recast for modern tea brewing.
The tea bowl evolved in China as a vessel for preparing powdered teas. It first appeared during China's Southern and Northern Dynasties (AD 420-589), but it wasn't until the first half of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) that tea itself, and the tea bowl used to brew it, became more widespread. Use of the tea bowl reached its height during the Song Dynasty (AD 960).
With the shift away from powdered teas, the tea bowl’s popularity waned. Today, its use is confined to the ceremonial brewing of Japanese macha.
A Classic Xu De Jia White Celadon Tea Bowl
Contemporary Xu De Jia Celadon Tea Bowl, Square
A tea bowl is a very personal vessel and is rarely shared. Selecting one is also a very personal experience. We offer three types of tea bowls for you to choose from: celadon and Tianmu bowls by ceramicist Xu De Jia, and wood fired bowls from ceramicst Liao Guo Hua. For first time owners, we recommend Xu De Jia's classic Round or Square bowls.