These cups are made from a type of granular, light red clay known as Jiang Po Ni. Difficult to translate, we will just say that Jiang means "to descend" and Po means "slope". They have a dry, sandy appearance that take on a patina beautifully. These tiny cups are designed for the Chaozhou market and come to us from Xiao Zhu Xuan Studio in Chaozhou. Xiao Zhu Xuan is a pottery studio but they do not make these cups; these are slip-cast Yixing clay cups from Yixing, sourced by a Chaozhou pottery studio to pair with their Yixing Clay teapots which they make themselves. The traditional Chaozhou style of gong fu cha uses a small pot and three of these diminutive cups, which have a volume of 20ml when 2/3 full.
As these cups are made of unglazed Yixing clay, they will Yang (patina) and take on the flavor of the tea used in them. We offer three different colors so you can get sets for three different kinds of tea.