Teaware Patterns: Spring & Summer Time Designs

You may be shoveling out from under the latest two or three feet of snowfall, or knocking icicles off the eaves, or huddling around that gas stove in the kitchen to keep warm because your power is still out, but you probably have dreams of Spring, with Summer to follow, going through your head anyway. …

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Teapot Styles — Bone China Beauties

The popularity of tea through the ages has spurred the development of new materials, plus new techniques for working with them, to create perfect steeping and pouring teapots. Bone china is one such material — a result of experimentation and lots of sweat and ingenuity. First, let me answer that oft asked question: Yes, there …

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Some Tips When Collecting Teacups

Cups and saucers make wonderful collectibles for any tea lover. They are easily found at antique stores, flea markets, estate sales and online.  There is a large price range (budget to exorbitant) and a variety of styles and colors, which means something for everyone.   There is nothing lovelier than a grouping of pretty cups on …

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Tea Containers

What do you drink your tea from? Do you use a clay mug? A Styrofoam cup? A bone-china teacup? There are almost as many different types of containers suited to drinking your tea from as there are types of tea! Ceramic cups or mugs tend to be either hand-formed (thrown) from clay, dried, glazed, and …

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Cast Iron Teapots

When you think of a teapot, what do you envision? Do you see a practical ceramic teapot like a Brown Betty? Or do you see a hand-painted floral-ensconced bone-china teapot like Hyacinth Bucket sported on “Keeping Up Appearances”? Do you see a tea kettle and not a teapot? Many wish for the durability of a …

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Bone China

It’s a basic understanding, of course, that the vessel one chooses for tea drinking won’t necessarily affect the flavor, but it can certainly affect the experience. Style, color and, perhaps, size of the vessel are a matter of preference. But let’s get specific and pick one choice: bone china. What's the difference between bone china …

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