Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gaiwans


Inspired by Yumcha's Gaiwan post: Remnants of a past I decided to document some of my inventory, collected over a period of short tea time. I hope this could serve as a visual history for my future reference. Never know when will be the next victim of my floor....


I have recently stop collecting random Gaiwans, but my interests in collecting Korean pottery have grown... specially the edo style tea bowls. Thanks to MattCHa from his passion and dedication to this rare and emerging art form.

12 comments:

Stacey said...

Wow, you have some stunning gaiwans, especially that cherry blossom set in the front. Beautiful.

Brent said...

That is a really creepy pig!

Thanks for sharing your collection, you have a lot of lovely pieces.

Brent

toki said...

Thanks Stacey and Brent for dropping by. Unfortunately these days i use yixings more then anything. These poor giawans been sitting at a corner for sometimes. So glad they get some good attention from you folks. Cheers - T

yumcha said...

For all those times you inspired me, I'm happy to return the favor. Beautiful!

Janine said...

Really beautiful collection & photos! I love to look.

I just bought a first yixing pot but I don't know how to "season" it!

Matt said...

Thanks again for the plug.

One agrees with you that there is something amazing about Korean ceramics especially the tea bowls. It is often said that the best Korean ceramics are the ones that don't look really stand out at all. But, as time goes by, you can always see something new and interesting in them. Something that you didn't see last year, last month, or even a minute ago. In this way admiring Korean ceramics is a lot like just simply living and cherishing our lives from day to day, moment to moment.

One has a confession to make...
One has never made tea in a Gaiwan.

Your collection is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Peace

T.alain said...

@Toki
Very Nice Collection!
The last one in celadon is really wonderful...
@Matt
"One has never made tea in a Gaiwan." I know probably the reason why:Korean ceramics are splendids...

toki said...

I can't agreed more t.alain, Korean ceramics display such honesty and comfort, and Matt is bathing in them! How lucky.... Thanks for your kind words, Mandarins : ) T

MarshalN said...

Ah, I eyed that set of gaiwan + cups in Hong Kong, but never bought it. I see you have...

Janine said...

Regarding the second gaiwan & cup on the right - what are they made of? Are they jade, or some other stone, or is it just the effect of pottery technique?

toki said...

Janine - the set is made of maifan stones. Usually, we can only get it in small pieces... but I am lucky enough to have it made from a solid chuck to gaiwan and cups set. This material can really change/soften the brew and add a new dimension to the water. But not to use it with good grade DC. Good Eye : ) T

Janine said...

Thanks, T. I am assuming those are the stones used at TG for boiling in the tea water.

I also love the elegant design on the one with the broken lid, thanks for including it. Plus thanks to you I will also have to hunt for rose pink gaiwans - probably annoying my favorite tea purveyors to stock them :-)

 
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