Gongfu tea is all about adaptability. Sometimes you want to carry tea to the backyard - sometimes you want it in bed. This simple and sweet little bamboo tray is the perfect base to a perfect spur-of-the-moment cup, carefully crafted from bamboo with a beautifully deep finish.
This beautiful tea boat from Xiangfu studio shows off their mastery of wood carving with a crackle motif and contrasting curved board shape, evocative of artistic patterns inspired by the exchange between China and the middle east through the Silk Road. The lip around the board itself will catch drips as you brew, making it the perfect backdrop for modern gongfu paired with a water bowl. Compact enough to be used on a desk with a full set of gaiwan, pitcher and cups, or as part of a larger modern gongfu set up, this is an elegant and versatile piece to have on hand for tea or even iced drinks in the summer.
This saucer is perfect as a tea boat for modern gongfu brewing where you skip a full tea board. The saucer will catch any small drips from your teapot or pitcher and act as a beautiful understated backdrop while you brew. The saucer also works beautifully as a paring with any saucerless celadon gaiwans in the collection if you prefer the look and feel of a saucer set-up, but is equally at home with an yixing pot.
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.
If you have beautiful, hand-picked and hand finished tea, why not take a moment to show off the beauty of the leaves? This elegant scoop sets the tone, both playful and gorgeous, letting you pass around a perfectly-twisted Wuyi oolong or rolled Tieguanyin before brewing.