A tea table is a specific tool, and an integral part of any Chinese gongfu ceremony. Their function is to collect the water that spills from the tea pots, and tea cups during the washing and steeping process. Water is even poured over the teapot to make sure it is extremely hot in preparation for steeping tea. Because of the heat, and the quality of clay in yixing clay teapots, this water evaporates off the pot, leaving it dry to pour tea. This water and spillage must be collected. This tray will have holes for water to fall through, and be collected underneath.