This intricately-carved Dai clay gaiwan depicts an asymmetrical radial landscape of pointy mountain peaks in a rainshower around the lid. The mountain peaks, composed of concentric triangles, is mirrored on the bowl, where they comprise a vast endless skyline of crowded peaks along a flowing white river, as well as on the exterior of the foot with a tesselated tooth-and-wave pattern. Alternating bands of red and white wood-ash glaze give this piece depth and a story-telling quality. The mountains along the river suggests the iconic scenery of Southwestern China, evoking the Lancang River of Yunnan from where this clay was sourced. The inside of the bowl and underside of the lid are glazed with a handsome russet wood-ash glaze.
The Liang Tu studio consists of a married couple; the husband is part of the eponymous Dai ethnic group and the wife is Han. They've been producing Han-style tea wares (ie gong fu tea ware) with a Dai flare, using Dai clay, for half a decade. Each one of our Liang Tu wares is handmade and absolutely unique. Dai clay holds heat well and will develop a patina if unglazed. This wood-ash glazed gaiwan can be used with any kind of tea without being dedicated. Being from Yunnan, Dai pottery is well-suited for use with Pu'er due to its chemical and thermal properties.