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Glass tea ware has a long history. It is believed that glass was first used to make tea utensils in the Roman Empire around the 1st century AD. Over the centuries, the technology of making and decorating glassware has been developed and improved. In the 17th century, Europe began to produce various types of glassware for everyday use, including tea sets. The exquisite craftsmanship and bright colors of European glassware soon became popular in many parts of Asia as well as Europe. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in interest in using modern-day versions of these traditional designs for special occasions or simply for everyday use.
History of Glass Tea Sets! Glass, known as liuli or liuli in ancient times, is actually a kind of colored semi-transparent mineral. Tea sets made of this material can give people a sense of bright color and shining light.
Although the technology of making Chinese porcelain started relatively early, it was not until the Tang Dynasty that with the increasing exchange of culture between China and foreign countries and the continuous introduction of Western porcelain ware, Chinese started to make porcelain tea sets. The plain yellow-coloured porcelain ring cup and plain yellow-coloured porcelain teacup unearthed from Famen Temple underground palace in Fufeng County, Shaanxi Province and provided by Emperor Xizong of Tang Dynasty are genuine Chinese porcelain tea sets. Although their shapes are primitive, decorations simple, texture mixed, and transparency low, they demonstrate that Chinese porcelains had already taken its first step in the Tang Dynasty and were valuable at that time.
Tang Dynasty poet Yuan Zhen praised Liuli (or “colored glass”) in his poetry as being “the same color as ice and dust cannot penetrate it. It is like a banquet that cannot be seen, worthy of being offered to a jade person”. No wonder Liuli tea sets were included in the list of offerings for Famen Temple Tower Buddhist relics during the Tang Dynasty. During the Song Dynasty, China’s unique high-lead Liuli utensils appeared one after another. During the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, large-scale Liuli workshops appeared in Shandong and Xinjiang. During the Qing Dynasty Kangxi period, there was even an Imperial Liuli Factory in Beijing. From the Song to Qing Dynasties, although Liuli ware was produced and priced highly, most production focused on artworks with only a few tea sets produced, never reaching a large-scale level of production.
In modern times, with the emergence of glass industry, glass tea ware quickly rose up. This is because glass has a transparent texture, dazzling luster and high plasticity. Therefore, the tea ware made of it has various shapes and wide uses as well as low prices and convenient purchases, which are highly praised by tea lovers. Among the many kinds of glass tea wares, the most common one is the glass tea cup. When using it to brew tea, the color of tea soup, shape of tealeaves, and movement of tealeaves during the brewing process can all be seen clearly. Therefore, it is a perfect tool for brewing delicate and famous teas with great appreciation value for both home use and reception.
In modern times, glasswares have developed greatly. Glass is transparent in texture, dazzling in luster and has high plasticity in shape, with a wide range of uses. However, glass teacups are fragile and easily broken; they are also hotter than ceramic ones, which is a disadvantage.
Brewing tea with glass teaware, the vivid color of the tea soup and the tenderness of the tea leaves, the up-and-down movement of the leaves during the whole brewing process, and gradually unfolding of the leaves can all be seen clearly. It is a kind of dynamic art appreciation. Especially for brewing various flower teas and famous teas, the glassware is crystal clear with thin fog, clear green color, buds standing upright in a pleasant view and excellent value for money which is welcomed by consumers.