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.
This set is a invitation back to a much simpler and in some ways more elegant tea ceremony. Looseleaf tea is sprinkled into the large dark bowl, the green leaves bright against the deep glaze. The bowl is passed around and its aroma admired. Then water is added. The water cools quickly, making this bowl perfect for steeping green tea, white tea, or even Jin Jun Mei. The ladle is used to strain off tea from the bowl as it steeps. Tea is ladled into each cup directly from the bowl, until eh water is depleted. The bowl is continuously refilled. This style allows everyone present to appreciate the leaves, and creates a much quieter more contemplative environment.
The set includes a ladle with a carefully-crafted Tian Mu ladle with a wooden handle, a large Tian Mu Bowl, and a hardwood coaster for the ladle. Each piece is hand made. The whole set is presented in a beautiful gift box. This is not only a chance to be part of the revival of a lost Song dynasty art form, this is a chance to appreciate the merging of Tenmoku and Jian Zhan in the context of beautiful and elegant alternative practice of chadao.
The two brothers who craft each piece in their Su Ji Workshop can only make a limited number of pieces each year, many of which go on display in galleries and cultural exhibitions, so this is truly the chance to support an innovative movement in Chinese art.