Spin Ceramics & Art

by Arina on August 15, 2010

in Tea Ware

Traditional techniques, modern design: a winning combination

When it comes to gift shopping, for three years in Beijing I have not been able to fall in love with its famous Silk Street, Hongqiao and Yashow markets, those one-stop-shops for anything fake and kitschy, packed with foreign tourists and  polyglot vendors with their annoying  “pasmatri!” (“look here!” in Russian). I prefer less boisterous places and when I need a stylish gift, I often head out to a quiet street in Lido Area where the shop of Spin Ceramics & Art is located.

They sell various lovely objects in ceramics, from chopsticks rests to platters and vases, priced from 30 to 1000+ RMB.  Their products  combine contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship, the mix that particularly match my personal tastes in home accessories and tableware. Most of their ceramics is hand-made in Jingdezhen, the capital of Chinese porcelain. I guess Spin make most of their sales to restaurants. Just the other night I spotted their tableware at Bei, a North Asian restaurant at the Opposite House hotel. The dinner could have been a deception without a nice company and Spin tableware, recognisable at first sight for its slightly Japanese flavor.

A tea lover will find here some stylish tea sets (usually a teapot + 2 cups) made of white glazed porcelain. They look good, but some may prove a little bit tricky to clean. A set of 12 small sake bowls, all different shapes, sold in a nice wooden box, could actually be used for tea tasting as well. They have a nice selection of Western-style cups and a growing variety of tea jars and tea sets made from unglazed Yixing ceramics.

Spin has its bestsellers that they keep selling for a long time, but otherwise the collection is regularly updated, so the shop is worth a visit every once in a while.


  • 6 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District
  • 朝阳区芳园西路6号
  • Daily 11am-9pm
  • 010 – 6437 8649

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