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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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According to Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor research has been conducted to determine the most effective and expeditious method to cool a hot cup of tea.

4) Leaving the teaspoon in the cup ranked the least efficient. 

3) Adding warm milk resulted in the third worst. 

2) Stirring the tea for one minute dropped the temperature by 6 degrees. 

1) However, blowing in the cup of hot tea for the same amount of time while stirring was the quickest method, nearly twice as effective.  Why?  Because blowing and stirring maximizes the surface area between the air and the liquid.   

How many of us use artsy teapots for decoration?  Hand blown glass teapots with blooming tea are used for centerpieces at dinner parties.   Collectible silversmith and ceramic pots are strategically placed on well- lit shelves for display.  And, when the lids break teapots become flower vases.  Decorating bare walls with one-dimensional teapots are often forgotten.  There are many artistic painters out there such as Carolyn Pappas that appreciate the shape of teapots as ceramic artists do.  Additionally a pot of tea contains water, the same source as a still life painting with watercolours.  Also, some use tea to stain the paper in which a teapot is painted. 

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Margaret Bohls, curator for “Teapots:  Function, Formal, Narrative” has written an article to ceramic artists.  The purpose was to share with them the reasons for creating that magnificent object referred to as the teapot. 

 The teapot is, arguably, the most visually and culturally loaded pottery form. Trade, fashion, social class, nationalism, and industry, have all contributed to the layers of cultural and historical meaning inherent to this particular cultural artifact. Being at the same time an aesthetic object and a utilitarian object, the teapot also carries all of the potential and all of the contradictions inherent in the field of contemporary ceramics.  

 

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Mixing up form and function is a balancing act for most ceramic artists.  However, this is what motivates Sam Chung to create teapots.  If that is not challenging enough, Sam thrives on which role each pot shall play.  Chung believes he must decide if it should be historical, tactile, decorative or ergonomically physical. These balance and role decisions are what he refers to as grappling.  Which role did Sam portray with this pot?

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Imagine attending a party full of brainless ladies holding cups that have fingers and saucers that appear to have the ability to walk off the table.  The concept and sculpture is that of Ronit Baranga’s, created for his solo exhibition “Shells of Wings”.  Additionally, Baranga received honorable mention in the designbloom®dining in 2015” competition for crafting finger walking teapots, cups and saucers.  Has the Mad Hatter Tea Party met its match?

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It’s no wonder that the jasmine flower is revered by tea drinkers.  It's bloom is one of the most fragrant of all natural living plants.  Jasmine is used in most perfumes and its extract in many aromatherapy oils.  This midnight blooming flower has been referenced around the world for centuries in a multitude of lyrics and poetry.  Research has shown it calms the nervous system, helps PMS and aids insomnia.  What’s more, legend has it that it is an aphrodisiac.

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Pu’erh also called Pu’er or Bolay is a traditional Chinese tea that has been fermented for long periods of time. Lovers of tea have found that when it is stored for many years, sometimes 50 years or more, it improves with age. This storage results in the tea acquiring different aroma depending on the length of time it is fermented. It is said that the tea that has been stored for over 50 years is considered to be most valuable and collectors from China and Hong Kong are willing to pay handsome prices for it.


 

Here is an idea to use seemingly boring used teabags in an interesting and creative way. Designers Yuree S. Lim and Jieun Yang have created tea coasters which have designs embossed on them and when you put a used teabag on these coasters, the dripping tea stains the design on the coaster, leaving the white background blank. Some consider it to be an excellent form of relaxation. Having tea has never been this interesting and artistic before.

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Mint tea is apparently good for your cats health. A little cold peppermint tea is beneficial not just for their physical health, but is also said to have a positive impact on feline mentality. It has been concluded that they tend to be more agile and their senses sharper after regular consumption of mint tea. Mint is related to catnip, a happy drug for felines that gives them a feel good factor. So order’s up for your cat!

According to accredited research drinking tea can boost your mental state. Tea has amino acid L-theanine which helps the brain relax and stay focused.  Drinking 4 cups daily of black tea lowers cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.  Red teas are known to relax irritations; green tea studies have shown that 2 cups daily reduce the risk of confusion by 50%.  The infamous late British actor and play writer, Arthur W. Pinero was correct:  Where there’s tea there’s hope.

What would you do if you ordered your tea and you were served hot water in a cup and a pack of cigarettes instead of tea bags? Would you call the waiter back and ask him to take it back or would you simply pull a cigarette out, tap it on the table and dip it in the cup? The answer is, you dip the cigarette in your tea cup, add a lump of sugar, stir, have your tea, pick up your hat and leave. Yes, this is a tea bag that looks like a cigarette and has a tagline “Don’t smoke tea, drink cigarettes”.

 

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Prepare and drink tea with chopsticks. This is not just a crazy whim but one of the most innovative ways to drink tea. Some might say that this is not possible on this planet, they are right. Tea has been consumed in space using chopsticks. The International Space Station has been a hub of many out of this world experiments, including this one. With the space flight to be commercialized in the near future, you will also be able to gather the unique experience of using chopsticks to drink tea.

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