This versatile bamboo tea tray from Xiangfu workshop is the perfect size for deskside tea, a portable set up that can be packed up and moved around the house or brought along for outdoor picnic gongfu. Xiangfu is famous for their bamboo work, and this tray shows off their craft with slats that allow excess water from gongfu brewing to collect below in a reservoir, and a removable top. In such a portable size, cups, tea tools and teas can be packed into the tray itself for safe travel.
This beautiful full-sized tea tray from Xiangfu Design Studio embraces their humble origins as a small workshop of bamboo crafters. The Chinese name 水云间 literally means “the space between clouds and water,” an evocative image that inspires the cut channels that serve as the drain for water poured during tea ceremony to run into the hidden tray underneath. The channels mirror the steam on a just brewed cup of tea rising and swirling, priming the tea board as a special “space” for tea. For big group tea sessions, this board has a drain with a tube so that you can keep brewing without emptying the tray itself.
The geometric lines intersecting the octagonal window evoke mist rolling by in the early morning. They also serve as a channel to drain this evocative tea board. A favorite teapot in the choice ‘window spot’ gives it center stage. This board draws on Xiangfu’s rich experience with bamboo as part of their new “Sacred Fig Tree” series, a new style of board made with dense, resin-soaked bamboo for solid weight and durability.
The circular platform with a carved lotus is the centerpiece of this board, serving as a place for a favorite teapot or gaiwan, while the carved channels are perfect for cups and pitchers. This deep, dark, solid board is actually made from dense resin-soaked bamboo that is kiln-fired for deep color. The board can be used with a drain cap for modern gongfu or with a tube in place for traditional draining gongfu tea.
The natural rough hewn-texture of this monumental stone tea board serves as a grounded foundation for gongfu tea. The choice of material is a critical piece of the overall balance of a gongfu set up, and stone evokes the rocky landscapes where fine tea grows, while reflecting on the minerals-driven textural complexity of great tea. The hewn grey of this board turns dark and lustrous as hot water is poured over it, and the water flows down the channel along the edges to drain to maintain a clean modern look. For modern gongfu ceremony, cap the drain with the included cap and the board works as a stunning tea boat.
The abstract lines and simple figure stand out against the natural stone texture of this monumental tea board for a grounded gongfu space. The choice of material is a critical piece of the overall balance of a gongfu set up, and stone evokes the rocky landscapes where fine tea grows, while reflecting on the minerals-driven textural complexity of great tea. The stone grey of this board turns dark and lustrous as hot water is poured over it, and the water flows down the channel along the edges to drain to maintain a clean modern look. For modern gongfu ceremony, cap the drain with the included cap and the board works as a stunning tea boat.
A carved bird motif is paired with cleverly designed grooves running along the surface to a drain channel that goes all the way around. This allows for a draining board with no slope. The fact that water poured over teapots drains away, even under the pot itself makes this style the preferred board for yixing collectors looking to show off their most beautiful pieces. A tube is included for flexible drainage, but the board is also a gorgeous framing piece in modern gongfu sets with a water bowl.
This board is cleverly designed with grooves running along the surface to a drain channel that goes all the way around. This allows for a draining board with no slope. The fact that water poured over teapots drains away, even under the pot itself, makes this style the preferred board for yixing collectors looking to show off their most beautiful pieces. A tube is included for flexible drainage, but the board is also a gorgeous framing piece in modern gongfu sets with a water bowl.
This stunning and truly unique tea boat from Xiangfu workshop is made from a combination of aromatic yew wood and resin. Beautiful pieces of yew are selected for their unique wood grains and shapes, and allowed to truly stand out against the swirled resin. This hand-building process means every piece is unlike any other. When the fragrant board is used for tea, the heat and moisture bring out deep forestry aromatics in the wood, bringing nature to your daily tea.
Xiangfu’s Zheng series is named after the stringed instrument since the carved grooves mimc the zheng’s strings. Groves running to a drain channel allow this personal-sized tea board to draw water away from your teapot, keeping it even and well-seasoned. The compact footprint is perfect for desk-side modern gongfu.
A full gongfu set in its own side-satchel carry case? Yes, please! This new set from Xiangfu includes a bamboo tea board that houses a glass gaiwan with removable porcelain strainer, four cups, a bamboo tweezers and a tea cloth so you’ll never be without your favorite tea when you are picnicking, or out and about. There’s even space for several bags of tea in the tea board to keep the whole set-up together when you travel
Gongfu tea can be a perfect solo companion, helping carve out time in the day to stop and enjoy taste, texture and aroma of fine tea. This set is the perfect size for one, including a fine Ge Song celadon teapot fired in Longquan, the birthplace of celadon craft, a hand thrown hare’s fur Jian Zhan teacup from artist Lin Xi, and a space-effective tea tray to catch any water or tea while you brew.
The modern sensibilities of the Peng Yuan studio’s latest series is paired with an elegant draining walnut board, simply adorned with gingko leaves for a full gongfu set up which also includes a striking gongfu-sized teapot with its unique and stylized spout and lid, perfectly paired with a simple but gracefully curved pitcher and two cups. This set is clean, modern and versatile in form and function.
A glass teapot can be a beautiful way to show off the beauty of your tea as it unfurls throughout the steeping. Being able to see the deep beautiful color of the tea as it steeps builds anticipation for the first taste, making tempered Min Xin Glass Teapot a perfect brewing solution. This set pairs the teapot with two hand-painted misty mountain landscape tea cups, and a tea tray carved with a mountain landscape to match.
This full modern gongfu set up includes a long carved tea board to catch any drips while brewing. The carved lines of the board that evoke the topography of a landscape are a perfect pairing for the scholarly porcelain series. This beautiful series features a hand-painted motif drawing on the Tang dynasty tradition of gardens set up for scholarly contemplation and meditation, highlighting the beauty of natural objects like unique rocks and trees through the seasons. This set includes the topography tea board, unique wide-saucer gaiwan, a pitcher and two pairs of matching cups. Every hand-painted piece is unique.
This unique De Hua porcelain has a subtle blue-green undertone brought out by a gilded golden edge, creating a lustrous contrast for an elegant series from the Peng Yuan studio. This high-fired porcelain reflects the true aroma of your tea. The gilded porcelain is paired with a tempered glass pitcher to show off the color of your brewed tea, all set on the stunning Xiangfu Storm Grey Stone Top Tea Board, a draining full gongfu set up for serious tasting.
This every-day gongfu tea set includes everything you need to brew fine tea, all day long. This complete set includes a white porcelain gaiwan, tea cups, a pitcher and strainer, and a compact bamboo tea tray. The small gaiwan allows for many infusions of the same leaves, while the porcelain cups Qing Yuan Peng Hua studio in Dehua give a great aroma. The simple tea board is a place for first washes and discarded leaves when you want to keep brewing and trying new teas all day. The tempered glass pitcher and stainless steel strainer make it easy to brew for a group. This affordable full gongfu set is designed to make it easy to take the leap into letting your fine teas shine through traditional brewing.