Ba Hua carved Gaiwan with lotus and bird.
Ba Hua carving, is one of the most delicate to make styles of traditional Chinese pottery. Starting from a white porcelain base, a master craftsperson uses a needle-thin graver to carve smooth and delicate lines to form a decorative pattern. After this step, the ware is painted and sintered in the kiln. The white decorative lines on this Gaiwan are hand-carved by the artist.
Gaiwan is also known as Zhong or San Cai Wan. It consists of a bowl, a lid, and a saucer.
It is commonly used to infuse tea as if it were a teapot. Its design allows easy observation of tea while steeping. It’s an indispensable tea tasting tool for many tea lovers.
Using Gaiwan as a teacup was once popular during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and some still drink from it today. Tea leaves are infused directly in the Gaiwan and the lid holds them back when drinking.