This beautiful tea tray have been made using Huang Yen Shao (還原燒) firing technique, what translates to “original firing”. This type of firing takes long time to complete, temperature gets up to 1350°C and have low success rate. Kiln have its chimney removed for this method leaving very little oxygen inside. When firing starts and oxygen is being depleted, this process pulls out oxygen from the clay and glaze, causing gold tears to be pulled out as well. To achieve that glaze needs to be prepared with extreme skill and precision, such glaze is called Liu Jin Yiu (鎏金釉), meaning flowing gold. This was used for making God and Goddess statues in the past.
Clay used for making this tea tray is called Yan Ni (岩泥), it’s coming from Fujian, China. Glazing and clay will get darker in contact with water and over time build beautiful patina. It will look beautiful with your Huang Yen Shao (還原燒) teapot, cups or tea ware of your choice.
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