Blue White
Hu Cheng Stand

A double-layered Hu Cheng stand for teapots or Gaiwan featuring a concealed drainage compartment. Handcrafted in the classic blue and white Qinghua style in Jingdezhen, the "porcelain capital" of China, this Hu Cheng is adorned with Chinese poetry artistically applied using a calligraphy brush. Perfect for Gan Pao dry pouring.
Product Hu Cheng double layer teapot stand
Origin Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
Dimensions Ø14cm x 2.8cm
Weight 250g
Material Porcelain
Decoration 《七碗茶詩》

"The Seven Bowls of Tea"
The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat.
The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness.
The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the series of five thousand scrolls.
With the fourth the pain of past injustice vanishes through my pores.
The fifth purifies my flesh and bone.
With the sixth I am in touch with the immortals.
The seventh gives such pleasure I can hardly bear.
The fresh wind blows through my wings,
As I make my way to Penglai the mountain of the immortals.

Lu Tong 盧仝 (790–835)

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The birthplace of porcelain, Jingdezhen has been producing the finest Chinese ceramics for over a thousand years and was home to some of China’s most important imperial kilns. Surrounded by breathtaking nature in the northeastern corner of Jiangxi province, the remoteness of the small city has helped preserve age-old traditions that are still in practice to this day. When Europeans first encountered Chinese porcelain back in the 14th century, they concluded that this ethereal yet solid "white gold" could only have been made by magic. The secret? Kaolin: the soft white clay essential to manufacturing porcelain, named after the Gaoling mountain in Jingdezhen where this resource was available in abundance.

Hu Cheng 壶承

The Hu Cheng "teapot stand" is a small tray used to support and display teapots or Gaiwan. Typically made of ceramic, their primary function is to contain any spills and prevent tea stains. They may be shaped like a bowl or plate, while some consist of two layers with a concealed drainage compartment. Hu Cheng can be used in lieu of a Gongfu tea tray, however being considerably smaller in size, they are ideal for Gan Pao, or dry pouring, as opposed to wet brewing where a larger draining tray comes in handy to collect the greater quantities of discarded water and rinsed tea.

Qinghua 青花

Probably the most recognised and enduring of ceramic styles, blue and white pottery, known as Qinghua in Chinese (literally "blue flowers/patterns") was a revolutionary product in 14th century Jingdezhen. Traces of blue and white wares can be found as far back as the Tang dynasty (618-907) but it wasn’t until the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) that potters in Jingdezhen perfected the clay and firing technology, which allowed for the mass production of quality Qinghua. The key ingredient in the vibrant blue hue is cobalt oxide: one of the very few pigments that can withstand the high firing temperatures of porcelain. This remarkably stable pigment was initially imported from Persia and is applied under the glaze before baking. Although blue and white wares came to be produced elsewhere in China — and around the world! — those from Jingdezhen are prized for their unmatched craftsmanship.


Hand wash with warm water and liquid detergent as necessary.

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