A Gaiwan is a graceful vessel with a lid, a saucer, and a cup. Traditionally, Gaiwan is also called “San Cai Wan” (Three Talent Bowl) or “San Cai Bei” (Three Talent Cup). In Chinese philosophy, Gaiwan also represents the ultimate harmony of human beings and nature. The saucer is the earth, the lid is the sky, and the cup represents the people who stand in between them. Drinking tea with a Gaiwan can help you test the quality of tea and is good for multiple steepings.
Traditionally, the flared edge of a Gaiwan is held with the thumb and middle finger, using the index finger to steady the lid. To avoid burning the hands, it is recommended to spread the fingers against the bottom of the saucer and hold the lid with the thumb. Beginners can also use two hands to keep the Gaiwan stable.
Receiving this Gaiwan set was like unboxing a beautiful present! The packaging was just really well thought out. I love a good matte finish on tea ware, and this set really feels so nice in my hands. I also like that it’s just a bright white – it makes the liquor of whatever tea you serve init stand out beautifully. I’m happy to have this set amidst my collection of tea things.
I like this Gaiwan Set! The quality is very good; good for decoration or daily use.