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Chinese cups are not only highly functional, but they also come in both traditional and modern designs with incredible encryptions and shapes. They are made with high-quality materials that are ideal for both upscale and casual settings. The integration of modern technological advancements in the cups' structuring and design has led to the production of dish-washer safe wares for efficient cleaning. Generally, you won't miss out a special antique for almost any drinking task. 

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Porcelain vessels have beaten all the odds to become one of the top-rated tea wares worldwide. They feature different brands, sizes, shades and designs for varying scopes of functionality. However, when it comes to Chinese porcelain cups, only the design has changed. They have been in use since time immemorial. Here is what you need to know about these wonderful vessels. 

History of Chinese porcelain cups

Apart from gunpowder and printing, porcelain has gone into books as one of the coolest Chinese inventions. Worldwide, many English speaking nations associate porcelain with China.  The history of porcelain in China dates back to the Tang dynasty (618-907AD). During this period, porcelain became an essential material for the creation of almost all the household ware—cups included. During this period in history, porcelain was manufactured in its primitive form hence the resultant ware featured substandard qualities. 

During the song era (960-1279) white porcelain became so prominent. It was used to design simple cups with elegant styles and jade-like surfaces. The northern Kilns of Hebei province was the main hub for processing of this type of porcelain. 

During the Yuan era (1279-1368) notable advancements in the prior inventions during song era took place. Blue and white porcelain cups became prominent. They featured white glaze underneath. The vessels cut through the Ming era to Qing dynasty (1661-1722). The Qing dynasty also featured vessels with enamel painted surfaces. 

Up to date, porcelain is used in China to create cups of outstanding shapes and qualities. The most exquisite and stupendous brands are presented as gifts during special occasions such as a wedding. Otherwise, Chinese porcelain cups are known for their durability, colourful artwork and brightness. 


Benefits of Porcelain Cups

Chinese porcelain cups have attracted attention worldwide. It has become one of the top competitors of the glassy vessels. Some of the reasons why porcelain cups are favoured in different nations worldwide include:

  • Durability

Chinese porcelain cups are made with bone porcelain, red porcelain and jade porcelain, all of which offers outstanding durability. The integration of technology in the creation of the cups even makes all the four types of firing easily achievable. Generally, the materials require 4 times cacinations. The intensified temperature during firing even makes the cups more durable. However, you will realize that the cups come in varying thickness. The thickness doesn't in any affect their level of durability. 

  • Exquisite designs

Unlike in ancient times, modern cups are not only complex, but they also feature exquisite design patterns. They are designed with image imprints of items such as flowers and artistic shapes. Depending on the brand, you will meet porcelain cups of different colours that range from golden red to black to white, and of course, to colourless. Their sizes, thickness and level of transparency determine their aesthetic appearance and their practicability. 

  • Ease-of-clean 

Porcelain cups are natural. They are non-stick and feature smooth surfaces that are easy to clean. The smooth feature makes them perfect for dishwashers hence convenient to wash. They are 100% hygienic since it doesn't absorb grease, odours and bacteria easily. Additionally, they hardly affect the taste of the tea. 

  • Highly resistant

Porcelain cups are resistant to damages due to scratches. This adds to their durability aspects.  Exquisite designs don't chip easily. 

  • Versatility

Porcelain cups do not absorb the smell of the type of tea they are used for. As a result, you are free to use them for any type of tea provided that they are kept clean after every use. 


Care and maintenance 

Porcelain products are not 100% durable. Just like any other types of products, you need to handle them with tender care to achieve maximum value for your money. When handling the cups, it is advisable to:

  • Give them a good wash with warm water after every use
  • Hold the cups with two hands to avoid accidental falling
  • Not use rough materials and pieces of jewellery on their surfaces to avoid scratches
  • Store them safe away from the reach of children
  • Wash and dry the teaware separately
  • Remove any stain on the spot using a baking soda and warm water



Porcelain teacups are gems to reckon in tea brewing and drinking. However, with the numerous variants in the market, distinguishing between the original and substandard brands can be a little more daunting. Contact us for the trending exquisites designs straight from China.

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