For many in the west
teacups have handles. In the orient teacups don't have handles..
From tiny Gongfu cups, which are good for one sip to larger yunomi
similar in volume to the western teacup. For someone who is used
to western teacups with well-designed handles, handle-less teacups
can be a surprise.
Tea bowls also do not feature handles, named Chawan in Japan they
are for drinking matcha a whisked green tea. Chawan are intimately
related to the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
The yunomi form and tea bowl form have been assimulated into many
a western potter's repertoire of forms, with some potters having
a degree of success. becoming much admired by collectors and connoisseurs
of studio pottery.