Appearance - 142 ml Dai cup
This cup is a unique piece, totally handmade using natural red clay from Měngsòng 勐宋, Menghai county in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. It harbors several famous wild tea forests for the production of pu'er tea, like Naka and Huazhuliangzi, the latter being the highest peak in Xishuangbanna. The clay is mixed with sand from Mekong river to improve the molding performance and add porosity.
After being shaped, the cup was baked twice in the kiln at a temperature of 1280-1300°C, giving it a smooth surface, and glazed with ashes from elephant faeces, which gives a unique ivory color. The glaze will show few natural cracks after repeated uses of the cup.
Dai minority shares a strong bond with elephants, which are worshipped and widely depicted in villages and temples. This cup honors the sacred figure of the white elephant, a symbol of peace, luck, and prosperity.
The artist named this special cup Róngyán 容颜, which means facial appearance. Just like the unique features of each person's face, the beauty of this cup lies in its imperfection and its curved body, that expresses the touch of the artist's hand, paying tribute to the full hand-made manufacture and the high kiln temperatures that shaped its appearance.
Capacity: 142 ml
Diameter: 80 mm
Height: 65 mm
Net Weight: 132 gr
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Dai-minority traditional teaware
邱老师 Qiu Laoshi's work
We met Qiu Laoshi in 2016, when he was managing a kiln in Jinghong city center with a good team of students from the local university.
Few years ago he purchased a typical Dai house with an ample courtyard, surrounded by a lush vegetation; he renewed it and he now lives there together with his wife and an iron-made apprentice that can follow his impressive, enthusiastic pace.
Every year at the end of the dry season he tours his favorite pu’er mountains to collect their soil: he uses the local minerals to create series of Dai pottery dedicated to each mountain, reproducing the chemical composition - thus the hue - of each terroir.
Into the artist's studio
Have a glimpse into the studio of Qiu Laoshi and learn about his way of tea and clay in our latest blog article. We met the artist once again to present his work and his philosophy in the most intimate and deep way possible, to allow everyone who got enticed by his pieces to understand their true nature and the hidden value of his creations.