Gaiwan Set Aslakson

Modern take on the traditional Chinese tea vessel

Gaiwan Set Aslakson

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Gaiwan Set Aslakson


This piece of original American-made teaware is a re-interpretation of the classic Chinese gaiwan. Gaiwans are traditionally comprised of three parts (saucer, bowl, and lid). Our three-piece set includes a taller bowl, nesting cup, and toothed lid (to help strain the tea leaves). Although larger than most traditional gaiwans, this petite set is designed to prepare tea for one person and is best suited to brew our organic oolongs and other larger-leafed teas.

Gaiwans are one of the easiest ways to brew tea without the use of a strainer. Simply place tea leaves in the bowl, fill with hot water, and decant through the toothed lid into the teacup. Keep it by your desk and continue to refill with hot water throughout the day. It's a beautiful piece that can elevate your daily tea preparation ritual.

Created by Autumn Aslakson of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild (the potter behind our Matcha Bowls Aqua Drip, Burnished Rust, and Raw Turquoise), this gaiwan features a distinctive crackled glaze in lustrous pale jade green. Each piece has a unique and delightful crackling pattern that evokes a vintage feel of broken glass. Autumn's work represents the spirit of the next generation of artisanal potters – form, function and convenience! With a shape and weight that is pleasing to the hand and mouth, this gaiwan is also dishwasher and microwave safe. All bowls and cups have a smooth off-white interior glaze that provides the ideal backdrop for enjoying the liquor of your tea, and an exterior glaze that gracefully wraps over the lip of the basin.

Please note: The ceramic may become hot during brewing, so please use care when decanting. Additionally, because each gaiwan is individually handmade, variations in shape and color do occur and are celebrated!

Bowl: 3.5 inches height (4 inches with lid) x 3.5 inches diameter (holds roughly 8 ounces liquid)
Cup: 2.5 inches height x 2.5 inches diameter (holds roughly 2 ounces liquid)

Made in the USA.

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  • 5
    Favorite Tea Set

    Posted by Suzanne on 27th Mar 2024

    I got this set in purple and I absolutely love it! I love drinking little bits at a time and pouring into this little cup makes me feel like I'm at a tea house and pampering myself. The glaze is gorgeous. This is literally one of my favorite things and it always reminds me of my fun weekend in Ann Arbor with my daughter.

  • 5
    Beautiful gift!

    Posted by ~ on 18th Mar 2022

    Beautiful gift for any tea lover. I paired it with some green tea samplers and it was well received. Very cute set with unique glazing. Great customer service from Arbor teas for my questions.

  • 5
    So cute!

    Posted by Catherine Kennedy on 21st Dec 2021

    I could not possibly be any happier with this purchase. This little set is just adorable and a breeze to use. There is no dripping from the spout on the bowl; just perfect. Thank you, Arbor Teas!

  • 5
    Perfect for One!

    Posted by Catherine Worley on 3rd May 2018

    This little cup became an instant friend with me! I simple did as suggested on the webpage for this item, and I enjoy several tiny cups of nice warm tea; perfect every time! I have always like little cups, not mugs for tea.

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