- Tea Knowledge
A classic bell-shaped cup, the commonality of its form belies subtle details that mark this piece as having an uncommonly high level of craftsmanship: the flowerlike scoop of its profile, a distinctly raised foot, the weighty base tapering to a fine lip, and an almost imperceptibly blue tinge to the glaze that renders the bright porcelain's appearance still brighter. It feels as lovely in the hand as it appears on the tea table, where it radiates understated charm.
Pair with the Charm Gaiwan for a tea set of everyday elegance.
About the artist
Li Siqi is an emerging Jingdezhen potter. After graduating from the Fine Arts Department of Jiangxi Normal University, she spent half a year practicing ceramics at kilns in the southwest of China with a focus on sculpture and pottery. She fell in love with celadon and the Hutian kiln* (湖田窑), a famous kiln of the Song Dynasty, and has devoted herself to exploring the history of the craft.
In 2018, she established Qiwei (lit. ‘seven flavors’) Ceramics Studio in Jingdezhen, the capital of porcelain. It continues to inherit from the classic kilns, combining Song Dynasty gracefulness (Song Yun (宋韵), lit. ‘Song rhyme’) with modern lifestyles to create teaware with a historical touch for elegant yet practical chaxi.
*Hutian kiln is located is located in the Hutian Village, a suburb of Jingdezhen. The Hutian porcelain wares of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) were mainly decorated with fine patterns and made into beautiful shapes.