Jian Zhan bowls were designed with the perfect shapes and angles to hold the frothy tea and accentuate the aroma of the liquid. But most importantly, they fired deep dark blacks and reds with flecks of gold. These dark colors were the perfect contrast to the white and green of the tea they held, making the tea seem even more pure. The natural firing techniques led to great variation, in line with the Song Dynasty scholarly values of appreciating the beauty of nature. With each bowl fired completely unique, the competition of tea whisking and drinking took a step towards a true tea ceremony when the beauty of the bowl encouraged contemplation while sipping.
建盏碗具有完美的形状和角度的设计，使其可以保持茶叶的泡沫，突出茶汁的香气。 但最重要的是，它们被烧制成深黑色和红色伴随着金色斑点。 这些深色与他们所持茶的白色和绿色形成完美对比，使茶看起来更加纯净。 自然窑烧技术的带来的变化很大，符合宋代欣赏自然之美的学术价值观。 随着每个碗的烧制的独特性和茶的搅拌以及饮用的竞争（斗茶）使得中国茶艺迈出了真正的一步，碗的美丽与美味的茶相得益彰。