This tea set has six cups and saucers stacked onto a Gaiwan Teapot and topped with a lid. It is a Chinese Kungfu or Gongfu tea set finished in Sancai style glaze.
The cups are small. They only hold about 1/6 cup. It is just for a taste of tea. Take time. Enjoy the fragrance.
Pagoda Tower Stacked Tea Set
- Teacup 2.36″ x 1.1″ 1/6 cup or 1 1/3 oz
- Saucer 3.66″ x .7″
- Gaiwan Tea Pot 3.78″ x 4″ .465 cup 3.72 oz
The tea is brewed in the little Gaiwan Teapot or Bowl.
First, rinse the bowl with boiling water to heat the little teapot. Then add the loose tea leaves. Carefully pour water over them. Let the tea leaves soak and brew for 20 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the tea. The tea package should tell you the timing.
Then, carefully pour the tea into the cup, using the lid to keep the tea leaves in the Gaiwan bowl.
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The set includes enough to pour out for six guests.
The Gaiwan Tea Bowl is 3.78″ x 4″. It holds almost half a cup. Each little cup holds 1/6 cup. So you can brew enough to pour a small amount of tea into each cup.
The cups, saucers and lid are all heavier than typical Chinese porcelain to hold the heat.
The Sancai glaze technique combines three colors of glaze in a flow pattern.
The tea pot is at the bottom of the pagoda when it is stacked. The lid is on the top. This is what it looks like assembled and steeping tea.
The lid is sized to allow you to carefully pour the tea while holding in the tea leaves. It takes some practice to get it right.
Each stacked teacup has eight sides. The blue shades of glaze colors are beautiful.
The colors are beautiful inside and out. Take time to appreciate the look, feel, fragrance and flavor.
See how little tea is in each cup? The experience is about savoring, not gulping.
The set comes in a travel case that can also be used to store the tea set when it is not in use or on display.