The Exotic Teapot Blog

Amazing Tea and Teaware to wow your senses.

Tea with Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901) exhibited his first cabaret paintings in Montmartre cafes.toulouse teapot

Soon thereafter, he was flooded with commissioned work to create lithographs for posters and illustrations as promotional tools for newly opened tea houses, the theatre and bars.

He created 737 paintings, 275 watercolors, 363 prints and posters and 5,084 drawings within 20 years.  Unfortunately the artist drank more alcohol instead of tea and died of complications at the age of 36. I find it fitting that artist Kelvin Chin has created three miniature collectable teapots in honour of Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Recycling Tea Tins

 Because I have too many empty tea tins and for some reason cannot discard them, I began searching for ways to recycle.  To my surprise, I found some very thrifty, creative and crafty ideas for using old tins.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, think twice before tossing them.  (For each recycling project, links are included.)

Recycled Tea Tin Covered Note Book

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Tea Tin Table Centerpiece

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Paper Covered Tea Tin for Storage Usage                 

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Silversmith Tea Set

This contemporary tea set, crafted by silversmiths Michael and Maureen Banner, is hand wrought with sterling silver, cloisonn√© enamel lids and Bubinga wood.  

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Hand wrought is a process in which a flat piece of silver is shaped and decorated only with hand tools and non-mechanical equipment.  Cloisonn√© is an ancient Chinese metalworking technique in which silver wires are hand formed in a design then inlaid with enamel.  Bubinga is a rare wood with reddish color from West Africa.  Understanding the various techniques and media used faciliates greater appreciation of the tea set and its value, priced at $29,000 USD.  This couple's stylish teapots and tea sets have been included in various collector's books and magazines.   

Orange Flowering Tea with Orange Teacups

orange osmanthus I can just picture myself watching my favorite  Orange Osmanthus Blooming Tea unfurl in my crystal clear hand blown teapot, then pouring this precious liquid into one of these bright orange teacups by Mustardseed & Moonshine.    funky teacups4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This South African based  ceramic company begat from the admiration of flowers, including the Camellia Sinensis (tea plant).  Their artists, from around the world, specialize in designing unique, ceramic microwavable, dishwasher and oven safe tableware.  

There are other flowering teas and teacups in matching colours should orange not be your cup of tea.         

Tea Purses

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A creative and unique gift for someone who collects handbags and is partial to a lovely cup of tea. Especially if the teapot handbag was stuffed with assorted flowering tea's or a tin of loose leaf!

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Set your clock for tea

 

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These whimsical tea clocks are created by avid tea drinker, Michelle Allen.  The teacups on the clocks are pendulums which swing back and forth.  The clock bases are made of wood or resin and are hand painted plus individually adorned. Her tea clocks come in a variety of colours, all which can enhance a bland painted wall, giving it just that needed touch of panache.  These clocks indicate that any time is a good time for tea!  

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A stunning Tea set for the Connoisseur

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Franz porcelain is known for combining classic art nouveau design styles with a traditional Chinese spirit.  This magnificent collection, entitled "Phoenician Flight," was released just this year and is made only from the finest Chinese clays and glazes.  Each piece is hand sculpted and painted.  Notice how the bird on the sacuer appears to be in flight; this is considered a three dimensional signature of Franz porcelains.  Even though the teapot and teacup are functional, these pieces deserve a grandiose display by tea enthusiasts.        

Phoenician Flight teapot 

Elephants love tea!

I have never associated the elephant as a warm and cozy creature but this one is an exception. The cotton base of this Elephant Tea Cosy was hand woven then embroidery stitched with silk threads; The intricate detailing and continuous pattern was created by using a thin "aree" needle, ensuring full coverage of the fabric, a sheen appearance and is an indicator of quality.

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This tea cosy would certainly add some much needed beauty to my old, worn out teapot that I cannot seem to discard.

Tea Tree Bonsai

I visited my aunt last weekend who just so happens to be a bonsai gardener.  She was so proud of her newest bonsai cultivation, the New Zealand Tea Tree Bonsai.  Granted it will not produce tea leaves for steeping, however its beauty and the skill of growing such can certainly be appreciated by us tea drinkers who are in awe by the artisans who sew flowering teas. 

bonsai tea      Growing this tea tree takes skill and nurturing.  It requires enormous sunlight, detests colder temperatures and is quite fussy about keeping its roots moist; if not watered properly it can die within 4 hours.  This bonsai will die if it is repotted, pruned and wired at the same time.  It takes discipline to learn the art of growing the tree just as it does to meticulously create teas that flower and the hand blown glass teapots that hold them.  

Recycling teapots, sugar bowls and saucers

bird teapot crittersSince 1989 the Jangling Jack website boys, Chris and Steve, have been combining home decor vintage objects with used industrial parts to create unique garden and interior art pieces. On their Australian bush land residence, the men extend the lives of unwanted silver teapots, sugar bowls, teaspoons, cups and saucers. The whimsical creatures shown here are a few of my favorite examples of these fabulous recycled tea set objects.

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Free Jasmine Fairies Bloom

 
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