Handmade Jianyang Jianzhan – Dragon Scale Oil Drops Couple Cups

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Handmade Jianyang Jianzhan – Dragon Scale Oil Drops Couple Cups

Jianyang, Fujian Province, China


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


Transmutation in kiln (Firing in 1300℃ high temperature)






3.0” W x 2.1” H (7.7cm x 5.4cm)

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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:

It’s an amazing gift for those who are very fond of Classical art, Chinese culture and tea.

As a pair of cups, these two jian zhan tea bowls share the same shape and size. It is densely covered with lots of spots with different sizes on the surface, these oil-like spots are naturally formed under the high temperature in kiln, as the light changes, the spots inside the tea bowl will also reflect different luster. When poured into the cup, the oil drop patterns and tea soup complement each other, giving a different tea-tasting experience.


Jian ware represents the pinnacle of ancient Chinese black porcelain, and it is also a pottery art that combines earth and fire. Using the clay and glaze with rich iron in Jianyang as raw material, it has to process 13 classical Chinese traditional handicrafts such as selecting porcelain and setting cup-model. It’s gorgeous pattern is naturally produced in a kiln where to be fired in 1300℃ high temperature. Therefore, each cup is a unique "orphan" under uncontrollable situation, which is also the distinctive charm of Jian zhan.


Jianzhan has the characteristics of “one color into the kiln, a riot of colors out”. Each Jianzhan adopts the same glaze, but due to the diverse firing methods of masters, different indoor temperature and other factors, the final cups will be distinct in the patterns and glaze colors. As we all know that no two leaves are exactly the same in the world, which is also applicable to Jianzhen. However, one type of Jianzhans are similar in general.


Jian zhan is made of the clay with iron content over 8%. Therefore, drinking tea with Jianzhan can not only improve the flavor, but also gives a softer taste.

Jian Zhan package

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Artist –Zhang Yong Hua

Mr. Zhang has been influenced by Jianzhan culture since his early childhood, and encouraged by his family has studied the manufacturing techniques of pottery since then. He has been actively engaged in the research of Jianzhan for many years, and is especially skilled in combining contemporary elements with more traditional and ancient Jianzhan crafts. His style exhibits charm with elegant, skillful glaze, and is deeply loved by Jianzhan enthusiasts.

Characteristics of Jianzhan

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.


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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