Jianzhan Single Gold-Inlaid Portable Travel Tea SetJianzhan Single Gold-Inlaid Portable Travel Tea Set
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What Is Jianzhan Tea Cup?
The jianzhan tea cup is an exquisite Chinese ceramic cup designed for refined tea drinking. It is handmade and features artistic kiln-changing ceramic techniques.
What Is the Difference Between Tenmoku and Jianzhan?
Tenmoku is a Japanese ceramic glaze technique that produces ash-like glazes. Jianzhan is a Chinese ceramic style that uses kiln-changing techniques to create patterns and usually depict natural scenes.
How is Jianzhan made?
Jianzhan tea cups are made through a handcrafted kiln-changing ceramic process. Artists apply different glazes and fire the cups in a kiln, which allows the glazes to blend and create intricate patterns that can depict landscapes, flowers, or other images.
How to choose the exquisite Chinese Jianzhan?
To choose an exquisite Chinese Jianzhan tea cup, consider the design style, materials, craftsmanship details, and price. Popular options include kiln-change cups, master- handmade styles, or those with motifs like mulberry leaves. Examine customer reviews if possible.
How to Use Jianzhan Tea Cup?
- Rinse the cup with hot water to warm it up and remove any residues. This helps retain the heat during tea brewing.
- For green or white teas, use about 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves per cup. For oolongs and darker teas, use slightly more at 1.5-3 teaspoons per cup.
- Pour freshly boiled water into the cup, stopping about 0.5-1 cm from the rim. The temperature should be around 165-185°F for most teas.
- Steep the tea based on type - usually 1-3 minutes for green and white teas, 2-5 minutes for oolongs, darker teas can go 5+ minutes.
- Gently swirl the tea leaves or cup occasionally during steeping to optimize flavor extraction.
- Once the desired strength is reached, remove the tea leaves using a tea strainer or by carefully pouring them into another vessel.
- Enjoy your tea, taking time to appreciate the artwork on the cup as well as the aroma, color and taste of the brewed tea.
- When finished, wash the Jianzhan tea cup by hand to maintain its beauty.
How to Maintain Jianzhan?
- Hand wash cups with mild soap and warm water only, no dishwasher. The glazes can be delicate.
- Gently wipe dry with a soft cloth after washing. Do not scrub or use abrasive materials.
- Store in a dry, dust-free area away from direct sunlight which can fade colors over time.
- Some condensation from a hot liquid may be fine but blot up any puddled water on the rim or bottom right away.
- Do not leave tea leaves or residues sitting in the cup for extended periods. Rinse thoroughly after each use.
- For minor stains, use a baking soda paste. Create a thick mixture of baking soda and water, apply it gently, then rub it off. Rinse it thoroughly.
- Check for chips regularly. Fill minor chips with superglue but serious cracks will weaken the ceramic over time.
- Consider having a curator-grade sealing applied by a professional to protect soft glazes from daily use wear and tear.
- Avoid temperature shock by only using cups for hot or cold liquids, not alternating between the two.
To preserve the beauty of your Jianzhan tea cup and prolong its functional lifespan, treat it with utmost care, just as you would with a piece of fine art.