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This style of tea cup is referred to as dragon or moriage ware.  Moriage originated in Japan in the 19th century but is still made today.  The decoration can be created separately then attached and painted after it has been fired.  The alternate process, one requiring more time, is to pipe on to the piece in layers, until the desired dimension and design is achieved then fire.  Either way, the newer pieces have less slipwork and detail.  Unfortunately some of the authentic vintage pieces were never marked.  The cup shown here is from the 1930's.


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Silversmith Randy Long created this teapot made of sterling silver, wood, marble and 18 karat gold leaf.  The marble is carved and laminated, the forms fabricated with textures.  Mr. Long entitled his piece "Tuscany Tea Service" because he combined the visuals of the full moon, the striped cathedral walls made of marble and a large cypress tree that he noticed when entering the village square at Orvietto, Italy.


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Making tea using the 1,000 year old Gongfu tradition requires a series of steps to brew.  This process is particularly favourable with high quality green (as shown)  and scented teas.   Two Yixing teapots are preferred. 

  1. Heat water to near boiling
  2. Rinse teapot with hot water and drain
  3. Not touching the leaves, fill pot 1/3 full of loose tea
  4. Fill pot ½ full with the heated water
  5. Keeping the leaves in the pot, drain water immediately
  6. Warm tea bowls or cups using more hot water then empty
  7. Fill the teapot again with fresh hot water, allowing it to steep for 30 seconds
  8. Pour the tea into another teapot
  9. Fill tea bowls or cups for drinking

Using the bouquet of green tea and Yixing teapots in this manner is similar to savouring a fine wine.

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 Tisane tea is synonymous with herbal tea.  The word is a derivate of ptisanē, Greek meaning a crushed barley drink.  The onus being that this type of tea does not contain extracts from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis.  It is best to be aware of what you are purchasing as tisanes can be flowers, roots, fruits, stems and seeds; if using tea bags the paper can even be scented for aromatherapy.  If making your own concoction do not pick just any berry or mushroom as some can have psychedelic effects.  However, many homeopathic tisane teas have been used for centuries which have proven to have long-term healthful and healing benefits such as Ayurveda, chamomile and peppermint.

Do you love one or more of your teapots enough to make it a tea party theme?  There is an art to making invitations, just as there is to making teapots.    And the ultimate host or hostess intentionally attempts to make his or her party the most memorable for guests and a theme is one way to do so.  One teapot collector and stamp artist, Mothermark, invites online participants to download their home-made invitation which match a teapot.  It is referred to as "Teapot Tuesday."  Below are just a few of the submissions.  I am sure there are many more out there yet to be created.


On the market are many teas claiming to reduce weight.  The underlying problem with some of these is that they contain herbal laxatives such as castor oil, rhubarb root and buckthorn.  If used in large quantities this can cause harm to the gastrointestinal tract and weaken bones.  The best alternative, one in which has been used for centuries is green tea. 


This tea increases the metabolism rate to help consistently and moderately burn fat hence keeping the weight off.  Additionally, it is full of anti-oxidants, even more so than Vitamin E.  Another bonus from drinking green tea is that it curbs cravings of some greasy foods and sugary treats.  Add some cinnamon to your green tea for sweetness or if just merely bored brew a cup of green tea instead of reaching for those chips.


 A chip here, a crack happens to the best of our tea cups.  But there are so many uses a cup can serve.  Cracked cups can be broken into pieces to make a mosaic jewelry box or planter, even using the handles for decoration.   Cups are perfect for small flower vases especially for dinner parties since it is so easy to tie a ribbon and place card to the handle.  Or, if you have the proper instruction and tools, your spent cups can be used for lighting fixtures!

Just as important as the quality of tea is the water used to make it.  Artesian water is the purest.  It is sealed underground by a layer of ice, sand or volcanic rock.  The water does not come into contact with pollution.  This type of water can have no additives but each brand may have a different taste depending upon the aquifer it came from. 

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Falling snow in the darkness of night was the thought that first came to my mind when I saw these teapots.  I suppose Yoshiro Ikeda, the artist, would be pleased of my reflection as the goal of his pieces is to initiate weather conditions and dance form.  Preferring freedom, he hand builds his teapots then weaves a sense of motion using a variety glazes.   


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Decorative tea boxes, or tea caddies, in Britain date back to the early 18th Century.  After tea became more accessible and affordable, in the second quarter of the century, a variety of box styles were introduced.   At first, most were made of mahogany or walnut and offered in single, double or multiple tiers. By the late 18th century, caddies were made of pine, oak or mahogany and skillfully veneered in different woods. It is no wonder that today there are numerous admirers and collectors of these beautiful designed antique pieces.

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Learning to use a potter’s wheel requires balancing clay, water and motion in order to form the desired shape.  Artist Julie Cline believes there is much more to creating an appealing teapot.  It requires: (1) the correct mixture of smooth red earthenware clay, (2) just the right proportion of eastern and western influence design, (3) then, selecting an accurate mixture of varying tinted glazes and lusters to create stripes and patterns.  This is what she believes is the ‘ideal balance.’ 

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Bonnie Belt

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The pottery made in Tokoname City in Japan is known as Tokoname-yaki.  During the 12th and 13th centuries an estimated 3,000 kilns were built.  Today this pottery region, located on the Chita Peninsula, still has 1,200 ancient kilns in operation.  It wasn’t until the 19th century that teapots were introduced.  By using rich red clay and artistic embellishments, tokoname teapots still remain durable, affordable and visually appealing.

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These teapots are just two of Bruce Noske’s astounding designs which reflect the Victorian days of chintzes and Wedgewood with a minimalist Oriental twist.  His pots are meticulously developed, all with similar shoulder, base, lid, unique handle and spout.  Because he has always enjoyed doodling, or sketching, patterns of leaves and animals, Bruce applies these to teapots via hand painted brushwork and slip carved decorations.

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Take a look at these wonderful ice teapots. One has been sculpted out of the ice itself and the other is a metal frame that has frozen and collected icicle's. Both tepots are obviously not for the use of hot tea but beautiful none the less!

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Check out these funky teapots created by Japanese student Sharese Mirzakhanyan.

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Looking for something to do on a quiet evening with family, friends or children?  Why not try playing vintage tea board games.  Just how many of these games exist?  Actually there are quite a few.  There is the 1920’s Alice in Wonderland game; the 1973 version in which the first to overflow other player’s cups with sugar, water and tea is the winner.  And, for the younger ones there are “the teapot game” and “Tea Party Game.” Of course plenty of tea and biscuits are required.

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Daniel Rotblatt works mostly in bronze.  His talents are many:  bronze casting, photography, knife making, wood sculpting and ceramics.  Rotblatt is an instructor for all of these but the latter.  Amazingly, he just likes to tinker in ceramics.  These teapots are his first experiment with this media.  The idea for the shape of the pots in this series came to him after viewing a leaning pumpkin.

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Assembling bird houses and an occasional teapot are Patsy Thola Chamberlain’s specialty.  However, she uses slabs of clay, not wood, to make her nesting objects.  Using a rolling pin and wet clay, Patsy creates one of a kind pieces that any bird or tea drinker would be proud to have.  She stamps, scores and tools embellishments to adorn her art.  What makes Patsy’s work stand out even more is the range of colourful glazes that she airbrushes on to the shrine. 

What healthy benefits are lost when tea is iced?  Research has been conducted.  Scientists at the University of Hong Kong proved that only 20% of the admirable antioxidants in tea dissipate when cooled from 98 Celsius.  With warm weather on the arisen this is good news.  Americans prefer iced tea to hot, perhaps due to the higher temperatures in North America.  Additionally, lemon is normally added to their iced tea.  Lemon in fact has shown to delay the reduction of antioxidants.   However, do not add the sugar dosage commonly used by westerners; this is where the calories add up!

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