For The Love of Teaware
I have been asked from time to time what I have for some interesting tea ware. I actually posted these pictures on Twitter about one month ago and have been meaning to post pictures here as well.
So without further ado…
Updated: February 19, 2013 (It’s been a while, sorry)
Wow, I can’t believe I neglected this post. I am so sorry for the delay. I wish I had an excuse but I really don’t except I plain forgot. Well, to continue with the theme I will provide information about two more teapots seen above.
Red Teapot & Cup – I am not certain but I believe this one to be made of standard pottery material. I actually found this years ago at Pier One. It looked so different then your standard teapot that I just had to buy it. The funny thing is I probably have owned this piece for a good eight years or so and have never used it. I am embarrassed to say I didn’t used it because as I started looking at the piece more closely and started to wonder if the set was decorative. It is glazed on the inside so then I thought maybe it was a functional set. Plus, it came with a tray and three more cups not pictured. Still I never took the chance and now it sits staring back at me in my China cabinet. If anything, at least it makes fantastic eye candy.
Brown Striped Teapot – I bought this set and another from thepuriTea for an amazing price some years ago. I liked this one because of its retro look. I am not sure exactly what material was used to make this set but it is perfect for tea for at least two. It is a fun teapot and I really bought it specifically for its unique qualities. The most interesting part is the unusually large handle. Still I think it suits this set well.
Thanks, for your patience in between updates. I plan on coming back here more frequently.
Updated: April 1, 2012
(Information provided is not associated with any sort of April Fools Joke, but in fact just coincidentally updated on the same day. So please rest at ease and enjoy.)
It has been requested of me that I provide a little detail about the various pieces you see presented above. Information such as where they were purchased and I assume a little sort of background about them that would probably explain why I decided to share these particular specimens with you. So it shall be done.
Clay Monkey Yixing Pot: I purchased this at my local Teavana. As a matter of fact my parents some years back gave me a gift card from there for Christmas. Of course not realizing that I no longer had interest in majority of their teas. Of course, their hearts were in the right place. I had often walked in and endured the gauntlet of employees coming at me at every direction. I hope you’re light on your feet because unless you want their help you better get ready to start the avoid-dance even before you step in the store. All this just to decide what to buy with my gift card; it was burning a hole in my pocket, as it were. Finally, it dawned me, tea ware. They have acceptable tea wares, some even exceptional but I often avoided looking at their pieces in order to avoid temptation, very expensive, at least for me. So I took a look around and decided what I would rather have is something that I didn’t have. This cute it pot was just for me. My first and still only Yiking pot and my little monkey treats me well. The lesson I learned… Sometimes the journey is painful but in the end the reward can be so worth it.
Black Cast Iron Teapot: I purchased this teapot along with many delicious teas as a part of my first order but definitely not my last order with LeafSpa Tea. They are sadly no longer in business and I will tell you nothing but good things about them. It was a husband and wife team and they only provided the very best organic teas. The couple were genuinely kind and always helpful. It is unfortunate what the economy has done to so many small businesses. Businesses like theirs that should have survived. A perfect example of remembering to support the “little guy” just because it is easier to shop a bigger brand doesn’t make it better. As for the teapot itself… It is gorgeous, sturdy, and retains heat like a champ. I haven’t used it much recently as I am a very moody person when it comes to, well just about everything and I just haven’t been in the mood to use it lately. Currently, I have this particular piece displayed in my China cabinet and has had many admirers peer through the glass just to see his beauty.
I will add more information about the remaining items soon… Check back soon, check back often.