A beautiful vase in the shape of a gourd makes the perfect addition to your chaXi. Vases are hand made on a pottery wheel from stoneware clay and fired over 1200°C. It is glazed inside in the natural glaze and has a rough sandy surface outside.
Gourds, so common and insignificant in western countries, have a much deeper meaning in Chinese culture. Gourds were dried and used for keeping or transporting water, wine, medicines, and magic potions. However, as with many other objects and symbols in Chinese beliefs, they also signifying protection and blessing. Thus, gourds in China were used as charms for scaring away malefic spirits and diseases.
In Asia, there is a specific technique of tying gourds with a rope from when they are very small, so that they grow into the figure 8, a lucky number in China.
Designed in collaboration with our dear friend Petr Novak, a famous Czech ceramic artist who creates teaware for people all over the world for more than 20 years. Available in a limited edition only at careforteaware.com
Diameter of the bigger part: 1.6 in / 4 cm
Height: 2.8 in / 7.5 cm
Material: stoneware clay, glaze.
Country of origin: Czech Republic
Chabana is a generic term for the arrangement of flowers put together for display in a tea ceremony. In Japan, there is a certain stylistic category of Kado, the "Way of Flowers," specifically related to tea. This way developed out of Ikebana, which had its origin in early Buddhist flower offerings. One of the common traits we find in Japanese aesthetics is a celebration of the minute, the miniature. These vases lend a perfect accent to the tea ceremony.