Eagle Jianshui Zitao Gong Dao Bei Purple Clay Fair Cup

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  • Description
  • About our Teaware
  • Recommended Care
  • Additional information


Relative of our Hawk gong dao bei, the Eagle pours equally well with perfect precision, but features a lower profile and straighter lines.

This gong dao bei is made from 100% Zitao Purple Clay from Jian Shui and hold approximately 180ml of liquid. As this is made from a porous clay, we recommend designating it for a specific type of tea.

Note: We currently only have one of these cups in stock. This was the first batch of this shape that our zitao studio produced. While the results were overall quite good, many pieces had small cosmetic defects, preventing us from carrying more at this point. This particular piece has some light indentations close to the spout (as pictured). This is nothing glaring or unsightly, but something we must note. Future firings of this pieces can be expected to have a better yield, so check back in the future for new pieces.

Please see the “about our teaware” tab above for more information regarding our standards for selection and quality.

Please note that all of our zitao purple clay pieces are handmade, therefore there may be slight differences in appearance, shape and size from piece to piece or batch to batch. We make every effort to ensure consistency amongst all pieces, as well as only carry pieces that are free of major or noticeable defects.

While we always try to maintain a high level of craftsmanship for our teaware, handmade pieces like these may have a small nick or bubble in an inconspicuous area from time to time. We guarantee that each piece will look as spectacular in person as it does when we present it. However, if you wish to see a detailed example of what we consider a passable imperfection or would simply like to verify that our current stock is exactly as pictured, please contact us and we will be happy to share.

As with any new purple clay teaware, it’s recommended to first “season” it with the type of tea you plan to use it for. For this cup our basic recommendation is:

  1. Check for clay deposits and scrape gently with a wooden or bamboo stick.
  2. Place the cup in boiled water and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Remove the cup and allow it to dry
  4. Using your previously boiled water, add some new or used tea leaves that you plan to use this cup for, boil, add the cup then allow it to sit for another 30-60 mins.
  5. Rinse with regular water and allow to dry
  6. Your cup is ready to be used!

After seasoning, it’s advised to designate the gong dao bei for one type of tea (raw puer, ripe puer, oolong, black tea, etc) as it will slowly absorb the flavor and characteristics of the tea you use it for. If for some reason you use it with another type of tea, don’t worry. Your cup is not ruined or tainted. However, one thing you should definitely not do is use soap or anything other than water to wash or rinse your zitao teaware. If it absorbs the properties of tea over time, it will also absorb anything else you put in it, especially anything perfumed or scented.

Additional information

Weight 125 g
Dimensions 9.5 x 9.5 x 6 cm

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