Hu Cheng
Metal Glaze


Combining the ancient charm of copper and the resilience of iron, this Hu Cheng from our Metal Glaze collection is used to support teapots and protect surfaces. Handcrafted in Jingdezhen: the porcelain capital of China, a gradual firing process results in a unique and rustic metallic stripe finish that is smooth to the touch.
Product Hu Cheng teapot stand
Origin Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
Dimensions Ø13 x H2.2 cm
Weight 126g
Material Porcelain
Finish Iron and copper glaze
Firing temperature 720°C


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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 壺承

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 the larger Gongfu tea trays particularly when dry pouring Gan Pao style, where a separate Jian Shui slop basin is used to collect any excess tea or water.


Hand wash with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge, using a mild detergent as necessary. Do not put in microwave.

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