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Handmade Jianyang Jianzhan Tea Cup - Universe Galaxy

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Handmade Jianyang Jianzhan Tea Cup - Universe Galaxy
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Summary
Origin:

Jianyang, Fujian Province, China

Material:

Original clay in Jianyang, raw glaze ore and other natural substances

Workmanship:

Transmutation in kiln (Firing in 1300℃ high temperature)

Craft:

Handmade

Capacity:

140ml

Dimensions:

3.1” W x 2.2” H (8cm x 5.5cm)

Net Weight:

208g

Notice:

Due to the transmutation in kiln, the pattern on each Jianzhan tea cup will be slightly difefferent .

Therefore, every Jian zhan is unique and special, but it will be remained generally the same.

Angel's Comment:

The oil droplets scattered on the Jian Zhan's surface, just like the stars floating in the sky, very gorgeous.

Jianzhan often takes on an appearance like an ever-changing galaxy, unique down to each individual. This piece is called as such - “universe galaxy” - because its natural oil droplets look like stars in the sky, illuminating the glaze as a whole.

 

Jianzhan, or Jian ware, represents the pinnacle of ancient Chinese black porcelain, and is an art of pottery that combines earth with fire. Using clay and glaze rich in iron content from Jianyang as its raw material, it has to undergo about thirteen separate Chinese traditional handicrafts until completion, such as the selection of the porcelain and setting of the model. The gorgeous patterns are naturally produced in a kiln at temperatures of 1300C; because of this, each cup takes on a unique and one-of-a-kind design, adding to the distinctive charm of the ware.

Univers stars

Jianzhan is characterized by the saying “one color in, a riot of colors out” - each Jianzhan piece adopts the same type of glaze, but due to the different conditions of firing method, indoor temperature, personal style, and other factors, the final cups are each distinct and unique in their patterns and glaze colors. Just as there are no two identical leaves in the world, are there also no two identical Jianzhan pieces; they are similar in a general sense rather than a precise sense.

Univers stars with tea liquid

The unique glaze on the cup will reflect diverse colors for different tea liquid.

Univers stars with tea liquid

Since Jianzhan wares are made with clay of a high iron content, drinking tea out of these cups should improve the flavor as well as soften the taste.

Jian Zhan Maker

Characteristics of Jian zhan

It is heavy, feeling dense and thick when held; the large mouth of the cup makes it convenient and easy to watch the tea soup; the original glazed color of the material is black, bringing out the color of the tea; and when using Jianzhan for the first time, there is no need to “season” the material like with Zisha teapots. The ashy, earthy smell of the kiln can be cleaned off with fresh, warm water, and then after a boiling rinse of a few minutes, the cup is ready to use.

History

Jianzhan is a well-known Chinese porcelain of the Han nationality. It is one of the eight famous porcelain types of the Song dynasty, tracing back further than a thousand years; it takes its name from its origin of Jian An county during that time. Scholars and tea drinkers during the time period strongly advocated the comparison of different tea types, and as such required tea sets of a high quality along with the tea itself. Jianzhan has dense, tight pores conducive to the retention of heat, making it appropriate for this use.

In 2011, the workmanship of Jianzhan crafting was included on the list of national intangible cultural heritage.

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