Gaiwans are great for making tea gongfu style. They allow you to discover the depths and range of your tea over several steepings. This 90 ml volume gaiwan is appropriate for one or two people drinking tea.
To use, simply heat your water to the desired temperature. Pour some water into the gaiwan and cover - this lets your vessel heat so that your tea steeps properly. (Get your vessel ready to pour by moving the lid just slightly so that there is a small opening between the vessel's base and the lid. Hold onto the lid and the vessel's base at the same time while you pour.) Pour out the water, preferably into your tea pitcher and/or the cup or cups that you will be using. Empty the tea pitcher and/or cups. Put the leaves in the gaiwan and pour enough hot water on them to cover them, put on the lid and immediately pour the water off - preferably pouring the water into the tea pitcher and/or cup or cups that you will be using. Empty the tea pitcher and/or cups. Fill the gaiwan with hot water to where the lid sits, put on the cover and let steep for however long you'd like. When ready, pour out the tea into your pitcher or your cup or cups. Re-steep the tea several more times as desired, each time adding more steeping time if you wish.