Jian Zhan was first fired in the Song Dynasty. It’s deep dark colors were designed around the idea of showing off the light white and green of whisked tea prepared at tea competitions in Wuyishan. Japan has carried on the tradition as Tenmokku, while research in China is underway to revive the lost Song art and produce authentic Jian Zhan. The Su Ji workshop is unique in studying the local clay and glazing used in the Song while learning from the styles developed in Japan in the Tenmokku tradition and bringing together the best of both worlds.
Each cup is completely unique, with subtle deep patterns in the glaze that become more lustrous with age and use as they absorb tea oils.